Abortion is back in the news, an issue considered Very Important by 43% of voters. One of the most discussed aspects of this debate is the future of the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision. However, the Court ruling might also be one of the least understood aspects of the law.
Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters incorrectly believe that abortion will be illegal if the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is overturned. Just 35% recognize that overturning the ruling would allow each state to set their own rules concerning abortion.
Overall, 50% of voters believe abortion should be legal most or all of the time. Another 50% say rarely or never. Just 12% of Americans say abortion should be legal at any point of a pregnancy.
When told that a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, 56% of voters favor a proposal that would make abortion illegal at any point after such a heartbeat has been detected. Without the information about how early the heartbeat can begin just 45% of voters support fetal heartbeat laws.