If a live birth occurs during an abortion procedure, 69% of voters believe the doctors involved should be required to care for the child and make all reasonable efforts to keep it alive. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 6% are opposed, 20% are not sure, and 4% preferred not to answer.
The proposal is supported by 77% of Republicans, 72% of Independents, and 61% of Democrats (see crosstab results).
The survey also showed that 80% of voters believe abortion should be legal at least some of the time. That’s consistent with earlier data. However, 42% believe it is too easy to get an abortion in America today while 18% say it is too hard. Another 18% think the balance is right while 23% are not sure.
Among voters under 35, 33% say it’s too easy and 25% too hard.
At a most basic level, the country remains evenly divided on this topic. Fifty-one percent (51%) believe abortion should be allowed only in rare circumstances or never. Forty-nine percent (49%) believe that it should be legal most or all of the time.
The survey also found that 58% of voters know that Republicans support placing more restrictions on abortions. Eight percent (8%) believe it’s the Democrats favoring such restrictions and 7% say both equally. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure.
Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans know that the GOP supports more restrictions on abortion. Just 54% of Democrats and 52% of Independents are aware of it.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 12-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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