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Gallup Poll on Roe


According to a new Gallup poll, public sentiment against overturning Roe (and restoring abortion to the democratic processes) has fallen since January 2006 from a 66-25 margin to a 53-35 margin.  In other words, the margin has fallen from 41 points to 18 points in less than 18 months.  Somehow Gallup chooses to describe this 23-point swing as a “slight increase in the percentage of Americans who say they would like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.”


The 53-35 margin that Gallup finds is virtually identical to the 55-34 margin in the recent poll jointly commissioned by the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Judicial Confirmation Network.  As I discussed here, the numbers fall to a virtual dead heat when those polled focus, even briefly, on what Roe really means.  Given that 60%-70% of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal in the very circumstances that actually account for well over 90% of this country’s abortion, there is ample reason to believe that a sustained public education campaign would result in a supermajority of Americans favoring the overturning of Roe.  Indeed, that supermajority ought to include the increasing numbers of folks on the Left who recognize how Roe’s decades-long distortion of American politics has hurt the Left politically.


Here again is a memo by Wendy Long and me that discusses highlights of the EPPC/JCN poll, as well as the poll results and a summary memo from the highly respected national public-affairs firm of Ayres, McHenry & Associates that conducted the poll.

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