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New Fox News poll shows strong majority in favor of 15 week ban on abortion

by | May 4, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Still more evidence that a majority of Americans are on our side. First, there is the result of a Wall Street Journal survey last month on the issue of protecting unborn children after the 15th week. This is the Mississippi law the Supreme Court heard arguments in December.

We learn that 48% are in support of the 15 week ban compared to 43% who are opposed.

Yesterday even more encouragement from a Fox News poll.

Under the headline “Fox News Poll: Just over half favor banning abortions after 15 weeks,” Victoria Balara writes, “When asked how they would feel if such a law were passed in their state, just over half of voters favor it (54 percent) while 41 percent are opposed.” 

As we wrote on April 6, “Mississippi’s 15 week abortion law is not ‘extreme,’ or ‘radical’ but mainstream.”

Balara continues, “Voters were also asked how they felt about a similar ban (with medical exceptions) on abortion after only six weeks, which is the new standard in Texas. Voters split on this policy: 50% favor vs. 46% oppose.”

Fox also asked a familiar question using slightly different language. Balara writes

Overall, 44% think abortion should be legal all (27%) or most of the time (17%), while a majority of 54% thinks it should be illegal all (11%) or most of the time (43%).  The “legal” number is a record low and it’s also the first time the portion saying “illegal” has been above 50% on a Fox News poll. 

What does “most of the time” mean? 

Of the four positions, the largest share, 43%, thinks abortion should be illegal except in certain circumstances, such as rape, incest, and to save the mother’s life.

To spell this out, 54% of the respondents think abortion should be either illegal (11%] or legal in the rare cases of rape, incest, and to save the mother’s life (43%).

Good news.

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