In response to a leaked draft copy of an impending Supreme Court decision on abortion that apparently would overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade ruling, many Democrats and allied media figures have referenced polling that purportedly shows only a small minority of Americans would support such a decision.
Yet, a poll released just this week in the aftermath of the leaked opinion suggested otherwise and actually showed that a plurality of Americans agreed with the court’s presumed decision to overturn Roe and return regulation of abortions to the state level, Breitbart reported.
The poll further showed that, far from being a lopsided issue decisively in favor of abortion, as some pro-choice advocates have strongly implied, in reality, abortion is an issue that remains very closely divided among the American people.
New poll pokes serious holes in Democratic rhetoric on abortion rights support
Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 likely voters on May 3, with a margin of error of 3.5 percent, and asked a series of questions related to the confirmed leak of a draft opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade and the related pro-abortion precedent set by 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
The polling firm found that 48 percent of likely voters would approve of a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe, including 32 percent who would “strongly” approve, while 45 percent would disapprove, including 35 percent who would disapprove “strongly.”
The pollsters also asked about a direct quote from Justice Alito’s opinion, in which he wrote that Roe “was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.”
As it turned out, 47 percent agreed with that assertion while 46 percent disagreed. Those numbers include 31 percent who “strongly” agree and 33 percent who “strongly” disagree.
Interestingly enough, Rasmussen also found in the partisan breakdown of its results that a substantial minority of about a quarter of Democrats themselves hold pro-life beliefs, about one-third of Democrats would support the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, and roughly 31 percent of Democrats agreed with Alito’s statement that Roe had been “egregiously wrong” from the beginning.
Demographically speaking, the pollsters also discovered that approximately 45 percent of women voters would approve of Roe being overturned, as would 59 percent of Black and other minority voters.
Psaki over-embellished public support for Roe and abortion rights
Now compare those fresh poll results from Rasmussen with claims made Wednesday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki during the daily briefing, where she asserted that “by more than a two-to-one margin, Americans want the Supreme Court to support abortion rights.”
She also claimed that the “overwhelming majority of women in this country do not want this to be overturned” and, due to the fact that roughly 75 percent of abortions are performed on minority women, assumed a similar “overwhelming majority” of minorities would be opposed to Roe being overturned.
To be sure, the Rasmussen poll did show that a substantial portion of the American electorate supports Roe and abortion rights and don’t want to see that ruling overturned, but that number is far from being an “overwhelming” or even significant majority, and it will be interesting to see if Democrats temper any of their super-heated rhetoric in light of these new findings.