Most Americans disapprove of state abortion law, Monmouth poll finds

A majority of Americans disapprove of the two key parts of Texas’ law restricting access to abortion, according to a recent Monmouth University poll.

The survey conducted earlier this month also found that most disagreed with a Supreme Court ruling that allowed the law, which prohibits abortions when most women realize they are pregnant. , to enter into force.

the Monmouth University survey found that 70 percent of Americans say they disapprove of “allowing private citizens to use prosecutions to enforce this law rather than having government prosecutors handle these cases.”

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The survey also found that 81% of Americans disapprove of awarding $ 10,000 in civic damages to anyone who sues doctors, clinic workers, or others who help a woman suffer the disease. procedure. This includes 67% of Republican voters who have a negative opinion of the payout provision.

The poll found that 62 percent of Americans say abortion should always be legal or have certain limits. Another 24 percent said it should be illegal, except for rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Texas law, which prohibits abortions after six weeks, makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

Giomara Bazaldua, back to camera, leads participants in a statewide protest against Texas’ new abortion law on September 1, 2021, in San Pedro Springs Park.

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“The American public is largely pro-choice, although many would accept certain limitations on access to abortion,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent polling institute at Mommouth University. “This Texas law goes way too far for most people. The “prime” aspect in particular seems reprehensible. ”

Two lawsuits invoking the private enforcement provisions of Texas law were filed in Bexar County State District Court on Monday. However, the plantiffs say they don’t want to punish the San Antonio abortion provider who admitted to performing the abortion against the law.

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Instead, both lawsuits seek judicial review of Texas law, and one asks the court to declare it unconstitutional.

The Monmouth University survey was conducted by telephone from September 9 to 13 among 802 adults in the United States. The results of the question in this release have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Among Americans polled, 54 percent disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling that allowed Texas law to come into effect. The poll also found that 62 percent of Americans say the court should leave the landmark Roe V. Wade decision alone.

Americans appear to be divided along partisan lines over whether the Supreme Court should have allowed Texas law to come into effect. Seventy-three percent of Democrats disagree with the decision while 63 percent of Republicans approve of it.

The Monmouth poll also found that public opinion of the Supreme Court has weakened over the past five years, a period that coincides with the appointment of three Tory justices.

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In 2016, the highest court’s approval rate was 49%, while 33% disapproved. The new poll found that 42 percent of Americans say they approve of the court’s work while 45 percent disapprove of it.

The decline is largely favored by Democrats, whose court approval has risen from 65% to 33% in the past five years. Meanwhile, more Republicans seem happy with the court during this time. The approval rate during this period fell from 36 percent to 52 percent.

Some Democrats’ proposal to expand the number of Supreme Court justices garnered little support from those polled. Only 36% support the idea.

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