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Overturning Roe May Spell Trouble for Republicans


A new survey from Yahoo News and YouGov taken after last week’s report that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade shows how unpopular the potential decision is, and the trouble it may cause for Republicans during the midterms.

Survey highlights:

The survey found 51% of U.S. adults say the Court shouldn’t overturn Roe, compared to 31% who believe it should.

  • Overturning Roe is significantly more popular among Republicans (68% support) than Democrats (70% oppose) and independents (51% oppose), though 29% of Republicans actually favor leaving Roe in place.

Yahoo/YouGov also found voters prefer a generic Democrat (44%) over a generic Republican (39%) when asked how they’d vote if the midterm congressional election were held today.

  • When respondents were asked instead to choose between a “pro-choice Democrat” and a “pro-life Republican,” the gap got even wider, with Republican support falling to 31% while Democratic support held steady at 44%.

Even less popular among Americans is the idea of Congress passing a law banning abortion nationwide (69% oppose vs. 22% support), something Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently floated the possibility of should Republicans take back the House and Senate later this year.

Why it matters:

Yahoo/YouGov found the unpopularity of the potential Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe was “remarkably consistent,” finding that, “[o]n question after question,” only about a third of Americans support overturning Roe or otherwise infringing on the constitutional right to abortion.

  • For comparison, support for Roe and the right to abortion consistently polled at over 50% throughout the survey.

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