WASHINGTON (CNS) — A nationwide poll of 1,200 likely voters in a general election found that a majority oppose unrestricted abortion on demand throughout pregnancy and support limits on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
The Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life group, commissioned OnMessage Inc. to conduct the survey shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 17 order announcing it will hear oral arguments during its next term on a 2018 Mississippi abortion law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The case is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Just after then-Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the law March 19, 2018, a federal judge blocked it temporarily from taking effect after the state’s only abortion clinic filed suit, saying it is unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the block on the law and it has never been enforced.
OnMessage asked respondents if they would support a Republican candidate who backs limiting abortion after 15 weeks — with exceptions for the life and physical health of the mother or severe abnormality of the unborn baby — or would support a Democratic candidate who backs abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy.
Fifty-three percent said they would support the GOP candidate’s abortion position, while 28% said they would support the Democratic candidate. Nineteen percent said, “Don’t know.”
Among respondents who identified themselves as Republicans, 90% said they would support the GOP candidate, while 17% of those who said they were Democrats would support that candidate. Among Independents, 54% said they’d support that candidate.
Of those who identified as Democrats, 58% said they would support the Democratic candidate, and 3% of the Republican respondents and 18% of Independents said the same.
Another finding showed that a total of 55% of likely voters said they would be more likely to support a 15-week limit on abortion when they learned an unborn child has the capacity to feel pain. A total of 26% said they would be less likely to support such a limit knowing that.
Asked about their support of such a limit if they knew “abortion carries significant physical and psychological risks to the mother, and these risks increase with late abortion,” a total of 52% of the respondents would be more likely to support a 15-week limit, while a total of 29% said they would be less likely.
On the importance of the abortion issue in relation to how they would vote for an elected official, 43% of likely pro-life voters identified the issue as being very important, giving it “10” on an importance scale of one to 10. Only 29% of those who said they support keeping abortion legal said the same.
OnMessage conducted telephone interviews of 1,200 respondents May 25-27. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.82 percentage points.
“The majority of voters reject late-term abortion and the Democratic candidates who shamefully advocate for it,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement.
“At 15 weeks, unborn children can feel pain, and most European countries limit abortions at this point,” she said. “There is strong support among the American people for our nation’s laws to finally catch up with science and international norms.”
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
PREVIOUS: Seattle archbishop invites Catholics to embrace Christ’s mission
NEXT: Gregory: Catholic media’s task is to wed the facts to ‘truth of the Gospel’
Share this story