GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP/WNCN) — Most North Carolina voters said they believe the U.S. Supreme Court should uphold abortion rights and that the issue makes them more likely to vote in November.
Nearly half of respondents (46%) in a CBS 17/The Hill/Emerson College poll said Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision allowing women access to legal abortions should not be overturned.
36% said the court should overturn this law and 18% said they were unsure or had no opinion.
But nearly 9 in 10, when asked for their opinion on access to abortion, said they believed there should be access to abortion, with most opting for some restrictions versus a total ban if the court takes its position should change.
Politico reported last week the leak of a draft memorandum, written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito and circulated among the nine justices in February, overturning Roe v. Wade and the later judgment in Planned Parenthood v. Casey advocated, which had passed the law.
Alito’s opinion was supported by Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, but Chief Justice John Roberts – who confirmed the draft opinion was authentic – did not endorse the opinion.
The existence of the Opinion written in a Mississippi abortion rights case does not mean the law would be repealed. A statement would probably not be released until late June or July, and it could be different from Alito’s words. Senate Democrats failed Wednesday in an attempt to make abortion rights federal law under Roe.
A political issue
But the possible demise of the law has become a major issue in the midterm elections, with 51% of respondents saying it makes them more likely to vote and just 6% saying it makes them less likely. The remaining 43% said the verdict would make no difference.
Among these voters, slightly more women (47.5%) than men (44.5%) support maintaining Roe v. Wade, but more men think the law should be repealed (37.7% vs. 33.6%).
The poll found that 53% of those who said a court ruling would let them vote more likely, 53% said they would back presumptive Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley in a US Senate race against Rep. Ted Budd (R-Advance). , who took a commanding lead in the GOP nomination vote. The poll found that 40% of undecided voters in a matchup between Beasley and Budd believe Roe v. Wade should be maintained, 36% say it should be repealed and 35% are unsure.
What should North Carolina do?
Alito’s opinion would return the decision on abortion rights to state legislatures, and some of the Republican-controlled ones have already restricted access, some with automatic triggers for a total abortion ban if the court overturned Roe.
Some expect North Carolina’s General Assembly to include restrictions if Republicans can get a supermajority in the House and Senate this fall or win the governor’s mansion in 2024.
But voters who responded to the poll were divided on whether they think lawmakers should act. A slim majority, 38%, said lawmakers should make access to abortion easier, but 36% said they should make it more difficult. And nearly 3 in 10 (27%) said lawmakers shouldn’t even get involved.
Respondents were asked a series of questions about their views on possible restrictions on abortion, similar to those put in place in other states, and nearly 9 in 10 said abortion should be available in at least some cases, with 28% saying that they should be available in all cases.
However, the majority of respondents were divided on various restrictions, with 32% saying access should only be possible in certain cases – such as rape or incest. 19% said abortion should be legal up to 20 to 6 weeks of pregnancy.
Only 13% said abortion should be illegal in all cases.
A A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted last week found that 54% of Americans think Roe v. Wade should be maintained and 28% believe it should be repealed. This poll also found that 57% oppose their state legalizing abortions for only the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, and 58% oppose limiting abortion to the first six weeks of pregnancy.
Emerson College conducted the survey of 1,000 registered voters Saturday through Monday via telephone and online polling, and responses were weighted by various demographics based on 2022 turnout models. The survey has a confidence interval – which equals a margin of error – of +/- 4.5 percentage points.
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