Poll: Majority of Americans Support Abortion Restrictions, Oppose Taxpayer Funding

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A new poll has found that most Americans support abortion restrictions and oppose taxpayer funding of the procedure.

The Marist Poll found that 69 percent of respondents believe there should be at least some restrictions or a full abortion ban.

The results were extra surprising given that the majority said that they are “pro-choice,” but still do not want on-demand abortion.

Breitbart News reports, “while 61 percent identify as ‘pro-choice’ and 39 percent as ‘pro-life,’ only 21 percent of Americans believe abortion should be available at any point in pregnancy — including 32 percent of Democrats, four percent of Republicans, and 20 percent of independents. Ten percent of Americans say abortion should be available within the first six months of pregnancy.”

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“In contrast, 25 percent of those polled believe abortion should be restricted to within the first three months of pregnancy; 26 percent say it should be restricted except in cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother; ten percent say it should be banned except for the life of the mother; and eight percent say it should be outlawed entirely,” the report continued. “Combined, these percentages make up 69 percent who believe there should be restrictions on abortions beginning at least three months of pregnancy.”

The pollsters found that “49 percent of Democrats, 93 percent of Republicans, and 70 percent of independents support restricting abortion at three months or earlier.”

“Nearly 7 in 10 Americans believe abortion should be limited,” Dr. Barbara L. Carvalho, Director of the Marist Poll, said in a statement. “After a year of contentious public debate over the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, the results are comparable to the findings of a Knights of Columbus–Marist Poll conducted last January.”

The survey was conducted between January 6-9, 2023, and has a ±3.5 percent margin of error.

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