Post-decision poll: By 50% to 37%, Americans oppose the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade

Taylor OrthDirector of Survey Data Journalism
Carl BialikU.S. Politics Editor and Vice President of Data Science
Linley SandersData Journalist
June 24, 2022, 6:09 PM GMT+0

Half of Americans – 50% – expressed opposition to the Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in a poll conducted on Friday, shortly after the decision was released. More than one in three (37%) support the Court’s decision. Men are significantly more likely than women to support the decision – 45% of men are in favor of it compared to 29% of women. Republicans (71%) are far more likely to support it than Democrats (18%).

In the week before the Supreme Court decision, Americans expressed similar opinions about overturning Roe. An Economist/YouGov Poll conducted on June 18-21, 2022 found that 50% of Americans did not want Roe overturned, and 32% did want it overturned.

Most Americans (57%) say they want abortion to be legal in their state in all or most cases, while 33% would like it to be illegal in all or most cases. Women (33%) are somewhat more likely than men (27%) to say abortion should be legal in all cases.

How do Americans feel about the Supreme Court’s ruling? When asked how they would describe this moment in U.S. history…

  • 36% describe it as terrible
  • 10% describe it as bad
  • 11% describe it as OK
  • 10% describe it as good
  • 19% describe it as great

See the toplines and crosstabs from this poll:

Methodology: This Daily Agenda survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 2,954 U.S. adults interviewed online on June 24, 2022. The samples were weighted to be representative of the U.S. population, based on gender, age, race, education, U.S. census region, and political party.

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