From NBC's Harry Enten
Per a new CNN/Opinion Research poll, 69% of Americans do not want the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade. That result comes as other recent polls have suggested that more Americans are pro-life rather than pro-choice on the contentious issue of abortion.
A Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll released yesterday found more respondents (49%) who consider themselves pro-life than those who see themselves as pro-choice (43%). It confirmed a Gallup poll released last week that found -- for the first time since the organization began asking Americans about abortion in 1995 -- a majority (51%) call themselves pro-life, with 42% calling themselves pro-choice.
Some in the polling community questioned that Gallup poll, due to an unusually high number of Republican respondents. Yet the Fox poll had a party identification breakdown closer to most other recent polls.
On top of these results, recent Pew and Quinnipiac polls also found a decline in the number of Americans who believe that abortion should be always or mostly (usually) legal. In the Pew poll, 46% said that abortion should be always or mostly legal, while 44% said it should be mostly or always illegal. In the Quinnipiac poll, 52% of Americans believed that abortion should be always or usually legal, while 41% of Americans believed that abortion should be always or usually illegal.
In short, these poll numbers suggest that more Americans may consider themselves pro-life than pro-choice, but the majority of them still want abortion to be legal in at least some instances.