57% Favor Keeping the Hyde Amendment; 30% Opposed

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters favor keeping the Hyde Amendment that prevents federal funds from being used to pay for most abortions. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 30% want to overturn that law while 12% are not sure.

Republicans overwhelmingly favor keeping the Hyde Amendment in place by an 86% to 8% margin. Independents are supportive by a 53% to 32% margin. As for Democrats, 47% want to end the ban on federal funding for abortion while 39% want to keep it in place (see crosstab results). Pressure from activists recently caused Democratic frontrunner to renounce his long-standing support for keeping the Hyde Amendment.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters under 35 would like to see the Hyde Amendment overturned. Solid majorities of older voters take the opposite view.

The survey also asked about the topic in a different way, without mentioning the Hyde Amendment. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters said that government provided healthcare should pay for abortions only in limited circumstances (47%) or never (31%). That position reflects current law or possibly a tightening of restrictions. Just 22% believe that such healthcare plans should always pay for abortions.

Data released earlier shows that 40% of voters believe it is too easy to get an abortion these days while 18% believe it is too hard. Seventeen percent (17%) think the current rules are about right while 24% are not sure.

Other data shows that voters reject extreme positions in the abortion debate… extreme positions promoted by advocates on both sides of the political aisle. Just 14% of voters think abortion should be illegal in the case of rape and only 15% say the same about incest. On the other side of the debate, only 17% of voters support that position.

As for fetal heartbeat laws, Americans are evenly divided.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted June 13-14, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/-3.1 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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