Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters incorrectly believe that abortion will be illegal if the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is overturned. Another 8% incorrectly believe that overturning Roe v. Wade would make abortion legal everywhere.
However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that most voters have a more accurate understanding of the implications. Thirty-five percent (35%) recognize that overturning Roe v. Wade would allow each state to set their own rules concerning abortion.
Another 25% believe that the end result is that abortion would be legal in some circumstances with some restrictions (see question wording and results). Given overall attitudes about abortion, that would be the likely result of each state setting their own rules. Other research firms such as Gallup have found strong popular support for some restrictions on abortion.
Thirty-six percent (36%) of Democrats believe that overturning Roe v. Wade would make abortion illegal in America. So do 34% of Independents and 24% or Republicans.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 9-10, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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