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.
We provide daily updates on the president’s job approval and the generic congressional ballot. We also provide regular updates on the economy, health care, immigration, Congress, ratings of Congressional leaders, Election 2020, the Democratic Primaries, Trust in Government, and which party voters trust on key issues. It’s all part of our mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).
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.
Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).