NEW YORK — Only one in five people think overturning Roe v. Wade would be good for America. That’s according to a new OnePoll survey of 1,000 U.S. residents, responding to news about the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft opinion that, if enacted, would abolish the constitutional right to safe, legal abortion access.
Of those polled, just 20 percent feel the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade would have a positive impact on the country. Another 35 percent cited a negative impact instead, leaving 45 percent unsure and undecided.
Similarly, one in three people say that the legal status of abortion should “depend on the circumstance,” compared to 25 percent who think it should always be illegal and 22 percent who think the opposite. No matter their individual beliefs, more than two in five (44%) feel the Supreme Court will likely follow through with the leaked Roe v. Wade draft opinion, regardless of public scrutiny.
“It does not represent the interests or the preferences of the American people,” one respondent argues. “This also goes to show that the Supreme Court is an outdated institution that needs to be changed.”
“I’m 70% pro-choice, and 30% pro-life, so I feel torn,” another American explains. “Even if I don’t know what the answer is, I believe that it doesn’t start with taking people’s choices away.”
What do supporters of the leaked Roe v. Wade draft opinion think?
Others, however, aligned with points made in Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft majority opinion of the Roe v. Wade ruling.
“What people are ignoring is that even if they do, it will not outlaw abortion in the U.S.,” one response says. “It will return the decision to the individual states where it is supposed to have been all along.”
Studies estimate that as many as 28 states could ban or heavily restrict abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, 13 of which have “trigger laws” that would go into effect immediately after the decision, according to a report by The New York Times.
Although 31 percent of surveyed Americans would consider moving somewhere that aligns more closely with their own stance on abortion, another seven percent admit it would be financially and logistically difficult for them to do so. Ten percent even claimed that it would be impossible for them to move — and another 18 percent would refuse outright.