As Marta noted earlier, the majority of Americans support restricting abortions at 20 weeks by a margin of 56 to 27 percent, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll that was released on July 25.
After reminding respondents of the current law according to the Supreme Court, the poll asked this question:
The U.S. Supreme Court has said abortion is legal without restriction in about the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some states have passed laws reducing this to 20 weeks. If it has to be one or the other, would you rather have abortions legal without restriction up to (20) weeks, or up to (24) weeks?
When broken up by demographics, 51 percent of Democrats said they, too, were in favor of the 20-week abortion restrictions, compared to 33 percent for keeping the status quo, and another 11 percent who wanted either an earlier time frame or a complete ban on abortion. Republicans supported the ban by 68 percent, with another 11 percent wanting more restrictions or a complete ban. For independents it was 55 percent in favor, 29 percent against, and 7 percent for more restrictions or a total ban.
The second question dealt with whether or not those polled agree with the several states that “have passed legislation that makes it more difficult for abortion clinics to operate there,” to which 54 percent said no and 40 percent said yes.
The only question with a landslide margin was on the topic of how these laws should be decided: 66 percent of those polled agreed that the federal government should decide based on the Constitution; 30 percent said it should be up to the states.
Of those polled, 31 percent identified as Democrats, 21 percent as Republicans, and 37 percent as independents. To investigate the numbers further, click here.