Abortion will undoubtedly be a major issue driving the midterm elections next month, and new data indicate broad bipartisan support for abortion exemptions, including in states that have restricted the procedure.
- 80% of adults in the U.S. say abortion is important to their vote in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade
- 90% think a pregnant woman should be able to legally have an abortion if her health is seriously endangered by the pregnancy
- Two-thirds also said they think abortion regulations should be determined by public referendum rather than by elected officials or judges
These findings come from a new poll from the Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies and SurveyMonkey, fielded among nearly 22,000 adults in the U.S.
Methodology: The Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES) national poll was conducted by SurveyMonkey from September 14-October 3, 2022 among 21,730 Americans. To help contextualize how much the results may vary, note that national populate vote polls in the 2020 general election had an average error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points on the margin regardless of their size, sampling or mode of data collection according to the AAPOR evaluation of 202 pre-election polls. The survey has an empirical error estimate, based on past analysis, of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. This number represents the best approximation of total survey error for this poll. All results are weighted so that the survey sample matches the 2016-2020 American Community Survey according to age, race, gender and education. Analyses of subgroups of states were weighted according to population targets in those states.