Fox News poll: voters split on abortion, but the majority wants to endure Roe v. Wade to

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On the heels of the controversial late-term abortion legislation in New York and Virginia in January and beginning of February the judgment of the Supreme court of Louisiana blocked the law, which would have only limited access to the procedure, the latest Fox News poll voters split on the issue.

The survey, conducted in February, 10-12 and released Wednesday, 44 percent of voters identify themselves as pro-life, while 46 percent are pro-choice. This is similar to July 2018, with 42 per cent pro-life vs. 45 percent pro-choice.

Democrats (72 percent), women (52 percent) and voters under 45 years of age (53 percent) are almost equally likely to be pro-choice, Republicans (71 percent), men (49 percent), and those over 45 (51 percent) are pro -. Independents split 42 percent pro-life vs. 43 percent of pro-choice.


And if you are asked about your familiarity with the most famous of abortion cases, Roe v. Wade, nearly half (48 percent) say they are “extremely” or “very” familiar with the ruling, while the same number are “a little” or “not at all” familiar.

In addition, 57 percent of voters say the Supreme court should stand, the 46-year-old ruling; this number jumps to 68 percent among those familiar with the case.

Majorities of Democrats (73 percent), voters age 45 and over (63 percent), women (59 percent), Catholics (59 percent) and men (54 percent) all feel the case should be left alone. Also, pluralities of Republicans (43 percent vs. 37% plunge), and Protestants (49-29 percent) would let the decision stand.

January 22, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law in the area of Reproductive health law, which allows for abortions after 24 weeks if the health of the woman is endangered or if the fetus is not viable. In addition, a bill introduced in early January by a Democratic legislator in Virginia also eased restrictions on late-term abortions, but the bill was laid aside.

So how the voters feel late-term abortions? Voters take a more sophisticated view of late-term abortions than the traditional pro-choice/pro-life divide. One-in-ten (11 per cent) think that a woman’s right to an abortion in the third trimester of pregnancy should be always legal, while 43 percent say “only in some cases,” and 37 percent say “never.”

Majorities of Republicans (58 percent) and white Evangelical Christians (61 percent) think that late-term abortions should be completely illegal. Republican women (65 percent) are opposed to among the most to the third-trimester abortion.

Among the women, a total of 52 percent are pro-choice and 54 percent say that third trimester abortions should be legal in all (11 percent) or circumstances (43 percent).

The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,004 randomly selected voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Beacon research (D) (formerly Anderson Robbins Research) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from February 10-12, 2019. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.

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