WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that a growing percentage of Americans cite abortion or women’s rights as government priorities following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade, especially among Democrats and those who support abortion access.
With the midterms just around the corner, President Joe Biden and the Democrats will be looking to capitalize on that shift.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in remarks just after the decision that “reproductive freedom is on the ballot in November,” but with widespread pessimism and the enormous crisis facing the nation, it is unclear. whether the ruling will succeed in motivating those voters or if it will simply disappoint them.
“It feels like a huge setback,” said Lauren Nelson, a 26-year-old San Diego resident who said she worried about the environment her little niece will grow up in. Nelson doesn’t think the midterm elections will change the course the issue has taken.
“You can’t help but feel a little helpless, like there’s not much to do,” she said.
Twenty-two percent of American adults named abortion or women’s rights in an open-ended question as one of the five issues they would like the government to work on, according to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. That percentage has more than doubled since December, when an AP-NORC survey revealed a notable increase in mentions of abortion from previous years, likely in anticipation of the Dobbs ruling on abortion.
The new survey, which included interviews conducted before and after the Supreme Court ruling, shows that the prioritization of issues rose sharply after the decision.
Dobbs’ ruling returns abortion decision-making to state authorities. In the past week, Republican governors and legislatures have moved to introduce or promote laws that ban or restrict abortions.
Polling before the decision showed that he was unpopular with most Americans, who wanted the Court to leave Roe as it was. The majority of the country’s population supports abortion access in general, although many say there should be restrictions.
Claire Savage, a reporter for The Associated Press/Report for America in Chicago, and AP reporter Matt Sedensky in New York contributed to this report.
The AP-NORC survey conducted June 23-27 surveyed 1,053 adults with a sample drawn from NORC’s AmeriSpeak probability panel, designed to be representative of the US population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus/minus 4 percentage points.