As the Supreme Court weighs dismantling Roe v. Wade, a new Gallup poll finds the number of Americans who think abortion is “morally acceptable” is at a record high.
Nearly half of Americans believe abortion to be acceptable—47%—the highest Gallup has measured in two decades of asking the question.
Americans are still divided on the issue of abortion, as 46% believe abortion to be “morally wrong.”
The latest acceptance figures are up slightly on 2015, when 45% of Americans said it was morally acceptable.
The poll—which was conducted May 3-18 in a survey of 1,016 adults—found increased acceptance of abortion among Democrats and independents: 64% of Democrats think abortion is acceptable, while 51% of independents and just 26% of Republicans say the same.
The country is less divided on the issue of whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion being a constitutional right: 58% of Americans are against overturning the decision, while just 32% are for it.
Since 1989—when Gallup began asking the question—Americans’ support for keeping Roe v. Wade in place has fluctuated between 52% and 66%.
The poll comes weeks after the Supreme Court announced it will hear a case involving Mississippi’s ban on abortions that take place after 15 weeks. Anti-abortion activists are hopeful the case will result in the new conservative bloc of the court, 6-3, striking down the standards laid out in Roe v. Wade. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, deals specifically with the issue of whether “all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.”
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In response to the Supreme Court case, congressional Democrats this week reintroduced a bill that would safeguard abortion rights under federal law.