Supreme Court leak on abortion rights hasn’t affected voters: poll

The recent leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that could scrap abortion rights has done little to influence voters’ choice of which party they want to lead Congress next year, according to a new NBC poll .

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion, leaked earlier this month, suggests Roe v. Wade could be repealed, which would dramatically change abortion rights in the country.

But the news had little impact on which party might take control after November’s midterms, according to the NBC poll.

The poll, conducted days after the leaked draft was published in Politico, shows that 46% of voters want a GOP-controlled Congress, while 46% want the Democrats in power.

With speculation swirling about whether the potential sinking of Roe v. Wade will have political implications, the needle didn’t move much for either party.

In March, 46% of voters still voted for the GOP, and that percentage has been the same since August 2021. Democrats were up just 2% from the March polls; In an August poll, 47% of voters preferred the Democrats.

The error rate of the survey was 3.10%.

Hobie Wolff and Violeta Martos call for reproductive rights at an abortion rights rally Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis.
The leaked draft sparked nationwide protests.
Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis mail delivery by AP

But enthusiasm among Democratic voters has skyrocketed, with 61% reporting a high level of interest ahead of this year’s midterms, an 11-point jump from March, according to NBC. But 69% of Republicans expressed strong interest in the midterms, NBC reported, a notable advantage over Democrats.

“It’s true that Democrat interest has increased, but we must not lose sight of the fact that Republicans still enjoy an advantage that promises good electoral success,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies , who helped conduct the poll, told NBC.

McInturff conducted the poll with Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, according to NBC.

According to the NBC poll, 63 percent of Americans support keeping Roe v. Wade, while 30 percent want a repeal.

Voters cast their votes in the voting booths at the early voting site at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in North Charleston.
The poll shows that 46% of voters want a GOP-controlled Congress, while 46% want the Democrats in power.
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The poll found that 37% believe abortion should always be legal and 23% believe it should be legal most of the time. Thirty-two percent of Americans want abortion to be illegal with exceptions, and 5 percent think it should be illegal without exceptions.

Fifty-two percent of Americans would be less likely to support a candidate seeking repeal of Roe v. Wade wants to see, while 26 percent would rather vote for this candidate.

Just 39% of Americans approve of President Joe Biden’s overall work, a new low, though it’s roughly on par with how voters felt in March, when 40% approved. Meanwhile, 56% disapproved of the president’s performance, up slightly from March when 55% disapproved.

President Joe Biden speaks during the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington Sunday, May 15, 2022, honoring law enforcement officers who lost their lives on duty in 2021.
According to the survey, President Joe Biden’s approval ratings have fallen to a new low.
AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

As early as April 2021, 53% agreed with Biden.

About three-quarters of Americans believe the country is moving in the wrong direction, the poll shows.

55% of GOP primary voters believe former President Trump should continue to lead the GOP. But 33% think while Trump was a good president, the poll says it’s time the party found new leaders. Supreme Court leak on abortion rights hasn’t affected voters: poll


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