May 22, 2019 - U.S. Voter Support For Abortion Is High, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 94 Percent Back Universal Gun Background Checks Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Abortion should be legal in all cases, 28 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll today, matching the highest level of support for abortion in all cases since Quinnipiac University first asked the question in 2004.

Another 32 percent say abortion should be legal in most cases, as 27 percent say abortion should be illegal in most cases and 8 percent say it should be illegal in all cases, the lowest level of support for illegal in all cases, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds.

American voters agree 65 - 27 percent with the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision. Republicans disagree 58 - 34 percent, the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group to disagree. By 57 - 29 percent, American voters do not think the Supreme Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade in the next few years.

Voters say 82 - 13 percent that abortion should be legal when pregnancy is caused by rape or incest. Republicans agree 68 - 25 percent.

And voters oppose 48 - 41 percent banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. Men are divided as 43 percent support the fetal heartbeat rule, with 45 percent opposed. Women oppose the fetal heartbeat rule 51 - 39 percent.

The Supreme Court should make it easier for a woman to get an abortion, 40 percent of voters say, as 36 percent say the Court should make it harder to get an abortion.

"There is little ambivalence as recent legislation in Alabama, Missouri and other states renews an emotional national debate over abortion," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Americans are in agreement on upholding one of the country's most contentious rulings.

"And in the nightmarish scenario of rape or incest, party lines fall away in support of allowing abortions."

The Supreme Court is motivated mainly by politics, 55 percent of American voters say, while 38 percent say it is motivated mainly by the law.

The Supreme Court is too liberal, 16 percent of voters say, as 35 percent say it is too conservative and 39 percent say it is "about right."

Gun Control

American voters support 94 - 4 percent requiring background checks for all gun buyers. Gun owners support universal background checks 90 - 9 percent.

Voters support 61 - 34 percent stricter gun laws in the U.S. Republicans, gun owners and voters in households where there is a gun are the only listed groups opposed.

Voters also support 77 - 19 percent requiring individuals to obtain a license before being able to purchase a gun.

Voters also support 63 - 33 percent a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons. Again, Republicans and gun owners are the only listed groups opposed, while voters in gun households are divided.

"A nation with more guns than people and a history of horrifying mass shootings continues to call - or cry - for tighter gun regulation," Malloy said.

From May 16 - 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,078 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points, including the design effect.

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39. In general, do you think that the Supreme Court is mainly motivated by politics or mainly motivated by the law?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Mainly politics      55%    45%    63%    55%    52%    57%    47%    58%
Mainly law           38     49     29     39     41     35     48     36
DK/NA                 8      6      8      6      7      8      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Mainly politics      71%    61%    49%    47%    48%    55%    52%    65%    63%
Mainly law           25     35     44     42     47     37     42     28     26
DK/NA                 4      4      7     11      5      7      6      8     11
 
TREND: In general, do you think that the Supreme Court is mainly motivated by politics or mainly motivated by the law?
                     Mainly  Mainly
                     Pol     Law     DK/NA
 
May 22, 2019         55      38       8
Jul 02, 2018         50      42       7
 
 
40. Do you think that the Supreme Court should be restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Restructured     51%    32%    69%    49%    42%    58%    46%    48%
No                   39     57     20     40     49     30     44     42
DK/NA                11     11     11     11      9     12     10     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Restructured     66%    56%    49%    40%    38%    55%    47%    68%    61%
No                   26     40     43     45     54     33     42     23     32
DK/NA                 8      5      9     15      9     13     11      9      7
 
 
41. Do you think the Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or about right?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Liberal              16%    29%     6%    14%    16%    16%    12%    19%
Conservative         35      7     69     29     33     36     42     24
About right          39     58     17     44     43     36     40     44
DK/NA                11      7      8     12      9     12      6     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Liberal              18%    12%    18%    15%    18%    15%    16%     9%    17%
Conservative         36     42     37     29     29     35     32     50     31
About right          35     38     39     45     45     38     42     24     42
DK/NA                11      8      6     11      8     11     10     17     10
 
TREND: Do you think the Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or about right?
                     Too     Too     About
                     Lib     Cons    Right   DK/NA
 
May 22, 2019         16      35      39      11
Nov 20, 2018         14      36      41       9 
Jul 02, 2018         19      31      41       9
Apr 21, 2010         29      19      40      12 
Jul 17, 2008         25      31      33      10
Aug 16, 2007         20      29      37      13
 
 
42. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Legal all cases      28%     8%    48%    26%    24%    33%    30%    23%
Legal most cases     32     20     37     38     33     30     36     28
Illegal most cases   27     51      9     23     29     24     22     36
Illegal all cases     8     15      4      8      8      8      7      8
DK/NA                 5      6      2      5      5      4      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Legal all cases      42%    30%    25%    23%    23%    29%    26%    33%    33%
Legal most cases     30     35     36     28     32     31     32     34     26
Illegal most cases   18     27     30     29     32     26     29     20     27
Illegal all cases     7      6      6     11      7     10      9      6     13
DK/NA                 3      1      3      9      5      4      4      7      2
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Legal all cases       5%    15%    24%    50%    15%    33%
Legal most cases     20     29     36     33     19     36
Illegal most cases   53     37     26     11     44     22
Illegal all cases    17     12     10      1     16      5
DK/NA                 6      6      3      5      6      4
 
TREND: Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?
                     LEGAL.......    ILLEGAL....
                     All     Most    Most    All     DK/NA
 
May 22, 2019         28      32      27       8       5
Jul 25, 2018         26      38      19      10       7 
Dec 13, 2017         21      39      22      12       5
Feb 08, 2017         27      35      23      11       4
Jan 27, 2017         28      36      22       9       5 
Jan 12, 2017         28      34      21      11       6
Nov 23, 2016         26      38      22      10       4 
Sep 28, 2015         22      35      28      12       3
Aug 31, 2015         23      33      26      14       4
Nov 25, 2014         23      33      24      12       8
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43. How about when the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest; do you think abortion should be legal in that situation or illegal?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Legal                82%    68%    92%    83%    83%    81%    85%    80%
Illegal              13     25      5     10     11     14     11     15
DK/NA                 6      7      3      6      6      5      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Legal                88%    86%    85%    75%    83%    80%    81%    90%    75%
Illegal               9      9     11     17     12     16     14      6     14
DK/NA                 3      4      3      8      5      4      4      4     10
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Legal                57%    75%    80%    98%    62%    89%
Illegal              33     20     11      1     29      7
DK/NA                 9      4      9      1      9      4
 
TREND: How about when the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest; do you think abortion should be legal in that situation or illegal?
                     Legal   Illegal DK/NA
 
May 22, 2019         82      13       6
Aug 31, 2015         78      17       5
 
 
44. In general, do you agree or disagree with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Agree                65%    34%    92%    66%    65%    66%    70%    54%
Disagree             27     58      4     24     27     28     25     37
DK/NA                 7      9      4     10      9      6      4     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Agree                76%    74%    62%    57%    60%    62%    61%    81%    69%
Disagree             18     22     33     31     32     32     32     10     22
DK/NA                 6      4      5     12      8      6      7      9     10
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Agree                28%    50%    64%    89%    36%    76%
Disagree             64     39     28      8     54     19
DK/NA                 8     11      8      3     10      6
 
TREND: In general, do you agree or disagree with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion?
                     Agree   Disagr  DK/NA
 
May 22, 2019         65      27       7
Jul 02, 2018         63      31       6
Feb 08, 2017         67      29       4
Jan 27, 2017         70      26       4 
Jan 12, 2017         68      28       4
Nov 23, 2016         67      30       3
Feb 07, 2013         63      30       7
Feb 23, 2012         64      31       5
Apr 21, 2010         60      35       5 
Jul 17, 2008         63      33       5
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45. Do you think it's likely that the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to choose an abortion will be overturned within the next few years, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Likely           29%    28%    34%    29%    26%    31%    26%    37%
No                   57     61     52     60     60     55     62     53
DK/NA                14     11     14     11     14     14     13     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Likely           29%    26%    26%    34%    30%    35%    33%    20%    25%
No                   58     64     64     48     60     53     56     67     56
DK/NA                13     11     10     18     10     12     11     13     19
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Yes/Likely           35%    30%    23%    32%    26%    29%
No                   56     55     62     57     55     59
DK/NA                 9     15     14     11     19     12
 
TREND: Do you think it's likely that the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to choose an abortion will be overturned within the next few years, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/
                     Likely  No      DK/NA
 
May 22, 2019         29      57      14
Jul 25, 2018         27      62      10
 
 
46. In general, do you think the Supreme Court should make it easier or harder to get an abortion in the United States?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Easier               40%    15%    66%    36%    37%    43%    45%    28%
Harder               36     69     13     31     35     37     29     51
NEITHER(VOL)         14      8     13     21     15     13     15     11
DK/NA                10      7      7     11     13      7     10     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Easier               56%    52%    36%    29%    34%    38%    36%    56%    48%
Harder               21     27     41     45     39     43     41     25     26
NEITHER(VOL)         14     13     16     13     13     12     13     13     19
DK/NA                 9      8      8     13     14      7     10      5      7
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Easier               10%    27%    38%    61%    19%    48%
Harder               75     50     37     11     62     28
NEITHER(VOL)          8     10     14     19     10     15
DK/NA                 7     13     11     10      9      9
 
 
47. Do you support or oppose banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which is usually around 6 weeks of pregnancy?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              41%    62%    25%    36%    43%    39%    33%    50%
Oppose               48     28     67     50     45     51     57     39
DK/NA                11     10      8     14     12     10      9     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              39%    41%    43%    41%    44%    41%    43%    28%    49%
Oppose               54     51     47     45     46     49     48     61     40
DK/NA                 7      8     10     13     11      9     10     11     11
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Support              64%    47%    52%    23%    55%    37%
Oppose               27     41     39     67     35     53
DK/NA                 9     12      9     10      9     11
 
 
48. Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              61%    32%    91%    59%    53%    68%    65%    53%
Oppose               34     62      9     33     41     27     33     43
DK/NA                 5      6      -      8      6      5      2      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              62%    67%    60%    60%    50%    66%    59%    85%    59%
Oppose               32     29     39     36     46     31     38     15     30
DK/NA                 5      5      2      4      4      4      4      1     12
 
                     GUN.........
                     HsHld  Owner
 
Support              45%    39%
Oppose               51     56
DK/NA                 4      5
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
May 22, 2019         61      34       5
Mar 06, 2019         60      35       5
Jan 14, 2019         56      40       4
Nov 21, 2018         58      36       6
Apr 11, 2018         56      39       4
Mar 06, 2018         63      32       5
Feb 20, 2018         66      31       4 
Dec 20, 2017         59      36       5
Nov 15, 2017         60      36       3
Oct 12, 2017         60      36       3
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49. Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              94%    92%    98%    94%    91%    97%    94%    94%
Oppose                4      6      2      4      7      2      5      5
DK/NA                 2      2      -      3      2      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              97%    93%    93%    94%    92%    96%    94%    97%    94%
Oppose                3      4      6      4      7      2      4      3      4
DK/NA                 1      3      -      2      1      1      1      -      2
 
                     GUN.........
                     HsHld  Owner
 
Support              92%    90%
Oppose                7      9
DK/NA                 1      1
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
May 22, 2019         94       4       2
Mar 06, 2019         93       6       1
Jan 14, 2019         92       6       1
Feb 20, 2018         97       2       1 
Dec 20, 2017         95       4       1
Nov 15, 2017         95       4       1
Oct 12, 2017         94       5       1
Jun 28, 2017         94       5       -
Jun 30, 2016         93       6       1
Nov 05, 2015         93       5       1
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50. Do you support or oppose requiring individuals to obtain a license before being able to purchase a gun?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              77%    65%    92%    75%    68%    85%    82%    72%
Oppose               19     31      6     19     27     11     15     23
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      5      4      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              83%    75%    77%    76%    68%    85%    77%    91%    79%
Oppose               14     22     19     19     28     10     18      9     18
DK/NA                 2      3      4      5      4      5      5      -      4
 
                     GUN.........
                     HsHld  Owner
 
Support              68%    60%
Oppose               28     35
DK/NA                 4      5
 
 
51. Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              63%    39%    87%    63%    51%    74%    71%    52%
Oppose               33     57     11     32     44     23     26     44
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      5      3      4      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              57%    61%    62%    71%    47%    75%    62%    80%    70%
Oppose               40     35     35     23     50     22     35     18     27
DK/NA                 2      4      3      5      3      3      3      3      4
 
                     GUN.........
                     HsHld  Owner
 
Support              49%    41%
Oppose               47     55
DK/NA                 4      5
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
May 22, 2019         63      33       4
Mar 06, 2018         61      35       4
Feb 20, 2018         67      29       4 
Nov 15, 2017         65      31       5
Oct 12, 2017         64      32       4
Jun 30, 2016         59      37       4
Dec 23, 2015         58      38       4
Apr 04, 2013         59      36       4
Mar 07, 2013         54      41       6 
Feb 07, 2013         56      39       5