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Texas poll find equal split on Heartbeat Law, second recent poll offering real reason for optimism

by | Sep 20, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Yesterday we wrote about the great news that a poll taken earlier this month in Ohio found that “Fifty percent of those polled supported the state’s abortion law, which prohibits abortion after six weeks or when a fetus has a detectable heartbeat,” according to Darcie Loreno reporting for NBC4

We discovered late in the day on Monday that there was another poll taking the pulse of the electorate, this time in Texas, again with wonderful news.

Rebekah Alvey writes that 1,268 Texans were surveyed September 6-13 and asked whether they supported the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade: “The survey found they were split at 46% over the court’s ruling, according to a new Dallas Morning News/UT-Tyler poll.”

Moreover approval is growing:

More Texans said they support the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, according to a new poll that shows a 7-point jump from August.

Given an either/or—abortion should be illegal or illegal—always misses the nuances and always inflates the should-be-legal figure. But according to this survey

The number of respondents reporting abortion should be illegal also rose 5 points to 49%, almost even with the number of people who believe abortion should be legal.

It’d be hard to get more pro-abortion than the Dallas Morning News which makes the following concession intriguing:

In fact, political scientists said voters’ slight rightward tilt on abortion may have been a factor in helping Republican Gov. Greg Abbott make a 2-point gain on Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the high-stakes race for Texas governor.

Good news!

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