Support for abortion among voters has reportedly hit a record high. According to a recent Wall Street Journal-NORC at the University of Chicago poll, nearly 55% of Americans support the legalization of abortion in the United States. Conducted between October 19 and October 24, the poll surveyed 1,163 registered voters with a margin of error of four percentage points.
Along party lines, 77% of Democrats support abortion, a 25% increase from 2016. Within the Republican Party, approximately 33% of respondents supported abortion under any circumstance.
The University of Chicago poll also asked voters about their support for legalized abortion under various circumstances. In instances of rape or incest, 86% of respondents support the legalization of abortion. In instances in which a woman’s health is endangered by the pregnancy, 89% of respondents support abortion.
More than a year after the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion remains one of the key topics of discussion heading into the next election.
“Perhaps no issue is thornier for the 2024 Republican presidential primary candidates than abortion,” NPR Political Correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben and NPR Associate Producer Lexie Schapitl stated.
“The question is how much it continues to drive voters in 2024, and to what degree other issues – like concerns about the economy, candidate age, or foreign conflicts – take over the conversation.”