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MU Law Poll finds 40% of voters see abortion as one of the most important issues

Marquette University
Posted at 7:46 AM, May 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-26 08:46:37-04

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University Law School conducted a national survey poll, asking participants if they view abortion as one of the most important issues right now. 40% of the respondents said yes.

National survey results

According to the results from Marquette, 40% of respondents see abortion as one of the most important political issues right now. 39% said it's somewhat important, 15% said it's not very important, and 6% said it's not important at all.

These results come from a survey of 1,004 individuals from May 9-19, one week after a draft opinion leaked which said the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe vs Wade.

Poll datesOne of the most important issuesSomewhat importantNot very importantNot important at all
5/9-19/224039156

Marquette also broke down the results by political party. Among Democrats, 48% said they see abortion as one of the most important issues. 37% said it's somewhat important, 12% said it's not very important, and 2% said it's not important at all.

Among Republicans, 31% said it's one of the most important issues, 44% said it's somewhat important, 17% said it's not very important, and 8% said it's not important at all.

38% of independents said abortion is one of the most important issues, 36% said it's somewhat important, 15% said it's not very important, and 10% said it's not important at all.

Party IDOne of the most important issuesSomewhat importantNot very importantNot important at all
Republican3144178
Independent38361510
Democrat4837122

When asked their opinions on the legality of abortions, Marquette says 29% of respondents thing abortion should be legal in all cases, 38% said it should be legal in most cases, 24% said it should be illegal in most cases, and 8% said it should be illegal in all cases.

Marquette University Law School also looked at these results by political party.

Of the Democrats polled, 44% said abortion should be legal in all cases. 42% said it should be legal in most cases, 10% said it should be illegal in most cases, and 3% said it should be illegal in all cases.

Among the Republicans surveyed, 10% said abortion should be legal in all cases, 31% said it should be legal in most cases, 44% said it should be illegal in most cases, and 14% said it should be illegal in all cases.

Party IDLegal in all casesLegal in most casesIllegal in most casesIllegal in all cases
Republican10314414
Independent3540167
Democrat4443103

To dive even deeper, Marquette provided several proposed policies regarding abortion across the country and asked participants if they were in favor or opposed to said policies.

Survey participants had to provide their opinion about banning abortions 1. any time during pregnancy, 2. after six weeks, 3. after 15 weeks of pregnancy, 4. after 6 months, and 5. no restrictions at all.

Ban whenFavorOppose
Ban at any time during pregnancy2772
Ban after 6 weeks3465
Ban after 15 weeks5049
Ban after 6 months6535
No restrictions at any point3960

Marquette's law school also asked people about their enthusiasm to vote in the November elections. Overall, 37% of participants in the national survey said they're enthusiastic about voting at the end of the year. 31% said they're somewhat enthusiastic, 22% said they're not too enthusiastic, and 10% are not enthusiastic at all.

Among Democrats, 34% said they are very enthusiastic, 37% said they are somewhat enthusiastic, 21% are not too enthusiastic, and 2% are not enthusiastic at all.

Half of the Republicans surveyed said they're very enthusiastic to vote. 28% said they are somewhat enthusiastic, 19% said they are not too enthusiastic, and 3% said they're not enthusiastic at all.

Party IDVery enthusiasticSomewhat enthusiasticNot too enthusiasticNot at all enthusiastic
Republican5028193
Independent17232831
Democrat3437227

Click here to read the full survey results, including results on participants' confidence in the 2020 election, President Joe Biden's job approval rating, and favorability ratings for Biden, former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a likely candidate for president in 2024.

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