Most voters support banning abortions at 15 weeks or earlier, a poll from WPA Intelligence found.
The poll comes after Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced federal legislation that would ban abortions after 15 weeks with exceptions for for rape, incest and the life of the mother. A combined 62% of registered voters, including 48% of Democrats, believed abortion should only be allowed up to 15 weeks or earlier, the WPA Intelligence poll found.
A third of registered voters supported a general ban on abortion at all stages with exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother, the poll found. Another 9% supported a six-week ban and 19% supported a 15-week ban.
A combined 62% of registered voters say states should only allow abortions up to 15 weeks or earlier. Just 10% of registered voters support the position espoused by most Democratic officials and candidates of allowing abortions up until 9 months. pic.twitter.com/NZOOvgoJD5
— WPA Intelligence (@WPAIntel) September 13, 2022
Graham’s legislation sparked controversy even among Republicans members of Congress, who think the bill could threaten their midterm prospects, according to Politico, but the poll suggests that the legislation is aligned with Americans’ beliefs about abortion. (RELATED: Maryland Clinic To Offer Late-Term Abortions Months After Baby Can Survive Outside Womb)
Unrestricted abortion was unpopular even among Democrats: nearly half of registered Democrats (48%) supported abortion limits at 15 weeks or earlier, and only 19% thought it should be legal up to nine months, the poll found. Congressional Democrats have made multiple attempts this year to pass legislation allowing unrestricted abortion nationwide through the first two trimesters and forcing states to allow third-trimester abortions if a health care worker determines that pregnancy would pose a risk to the mother’s mental, emotional or physical health.
The poll also found that, following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, Democrats gained 17 points among likely voters.
The poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters between August 22 and 25 with a 3.1% margin of error.
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