TIPP Poll: As court decision looms, abortion issue still sharply divides Americans

By: Terry Jones, Tipp Insights

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Abortion has long been an incendiary issue within American politics. The latest I&I/TIPP Poll shows that hasn’t changed, with voting-age Americans sharply split on whether abortion should be limited by the law.

With a Supreme Court decision looming on Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks, the I&I/TIPP Poll asked people the following question: “Should abortion be illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, except in the case of a medical emergency?”

On Sept. 1 of last year, Texas became the first state to lower its legal limit on abortions to 6 weeks or after a fetal heartbeat is found. That case now sits in the hands of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which sent the case to the Texas Supreme Court, which could add months to a final decision.

If the law withstands legal challenges, it could be a model for other states wanting to limit abortions.

Of those responding to the I&I/TIPP Poll, fully 39% said they would make abortion illegal after six weeks, while 44% said they would oppose such a move. A significantly large 17% said they were unsure.

 

Respondents were then given a statement and asked for their response. “U.S. laws restricting abortion should be . . . ” They were then given four possible answers: “More strict,” “Less strict,” “Left as is,” and “Not sure.”

There, it’s a toss-up: 32% said they wanted more strict abortion laws and 32% said they wanted less strict laws. Some 23% said they wanted laws left as they are, and another 13% said they were not sure.

But political affiliation is where the differences really show.

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