Just when Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court seems imminent, there is a new internet poll that was released on Wednesday that indicates just 23 percent of Americans want the high court to overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal.
Two Democratic aides said that the poll might be prominent in the party’s argument that Judge Kavanaugh’s presumed position on abortion is out of step with the nation and therefore should keep him off of the court.
But there is some question about the wording in the poll that may give the White House administration the benefit of doubt. The survey question left open the possibility that participants were voting against a scenario that would be constitutionally impossible.
Overturning Roe v. Wade would not make abortions illegal: It would return the issue to the states for more localized decisions.
Nick Johnston, the editor-in-chief of Axios, said on Wednesday that his organization would be revising its conclusions from the poll.
“That question was not worded well and we missed it,” Johnston said in an email about the mistake.
The SurveyMonkey poll led Axios to conclude that “[t]he vast majority of Americans want to leave Roe v. Wade alone, a reality that Republicans will face if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.”
But Johnston said later: “We’re going to correct the story headline and body to say it’s actually polling on whether abortion should be illegal, not strictly on roe v wade (because those are 2 separate things).”
Gallup’s polling has consistently found a near-even split among self-described “pro-life” and “pro-choice” Americans. Each side claims about 48 per cent of voters.
In July Dannenfelser’s group commissioned the independent McLaughlin & Associates firm to poll 1,000 likely voters. That survey found 58 per cent wanted their state legislatures to determine the future of abortion policy – not the Supreme Court.
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