Majority wants legal abortion


As the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision takes place on Tuesday, a majority of Americans – for the first time – believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

What’s more, seven in 10 respondents oppose Roe v. Wade from being overturned, which is the highest percentage on this question since 1989.

“These are profound changes,” says Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart and his colleagues.

McInturff adds that the abortion-related events and rhetoric over the past year – which included controversial remarks on abortion and rape by two Republican Senate candidates, as well as a highly charged debate over contraception – helped shaped these changing poll numbers.

3 Responses to Majority wants legal abortion

  1. Allie January 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    This is very encouraging and an interesting example of Republicans hanging themselves with their own words. Maybe the tea-party crackpots are a good thing…

  2. Ron January 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    I think the Teabaggers have driven everyone to take a position. And most Americans, seeing how invasive their goals are, are saying enough.

  3. Chris T. Smith January 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    it’s so obvious now that the “conversation about abortion” in our country has evolved into something like George Orwell’s book “1984” and the “doublespeak” thing… where the meaning of words or phrases are completely turned upside-down… the real “war on women” in this country is being waged by the abortion industry:

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