July 26, 2019 - Ohio Voters Oppose Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 90 Percent Support Universal Gun Background Checks Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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With little gender difference, Ohio voters oppose 52 - 39 percent banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support for a fetal heartbeat abortion ban runs the religious gamut, from 55 - 38 percent among white evangelical Christians, to a divided 47 - 44 percent among Protestants, and a divided 48 - 44 percent among Catholics, to 69 - 23 percent opposed among those who practice no religion, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Ohio voters who attend religious services weekly support the fetal heartbeat abortion ban 53 - 39 percent. Those who attend religious services less than once a week oppose the ban 56 - 36 percent.

Voters agree 61 - 32 percent with the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. Republicans, white evangelical Christians and those attending religious services weekly disagree with the court ruling. Every other party, gender, education, age, racial and religious group agrees with Roe v. Wade, including Catholics 54 - 40 percent and Protestants 54 - 42 percent.

Abortion should be legal in all cases, 22 percent of Ohio voters say, as 33 percent say it should be legal in most cases. Another 27 percent say it should be illegal in most cases and 10 percent say it should be illegal in all cases.

"When it comes to the thorny political issue of abortion, Ohio voters come down on the pro-choice side. They support the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion, and by a smaller margin, they oppose the fetal heartbeat abortion ban," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Voters are divided on stricter gun laws, but back overwhelmingly universal background checks."

A wide gender gap leaves Ohio voters divided on stricter gun laws in the state as 48 percent support stricter gun laws, with 46 percent opposed.

Women support stricter gun laws 54 - 38 percent, with men opposed 54 - 40 percent.

There is no division, however, as Ohio voters support 90 - 8 percent, including 87 - 11 percent among gun owners, background checks for all gun buyers.

Governor's, Senators' Approval

Ohio voters approve 44 - 33 percent of the job Gov. Mike DeWine is doing. Approval is 58 - 23 percent among Republicans and 43 - 28 percent among independent voters. Democrats disapprove 52 - 28 percent.

Sen. Sherrod Brown gets a 51 - 29 percent job approval rating, with a 43 - 31 percent job approval rating for Sen. Rob Portman.

"Gov. Mike DeWine was elected narrowly in 2018, and Ohio voters are still getting to know him. The most popular elected official in the state, with a 51 percent approval rating, is Sen. Sherrod Brown. Ohio's other U.S. Senator, Rob Portman, has a middling 43 percent approval rating," Brown said.

From July 17 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,431 Ohio voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points, including the design effect.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts gold standard surveys using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts nationwide surveys and polls in more than a dozen states on national and statewide elections, as well as public policy issues.

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9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mike DeWine is handling his job as governor?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              44%    58%    28%    43%    42%    45%    50%    44%
Disapprove           33     23     52     28     34     33     30     33
DK/NA                23     19     19     29     23     23     19     23
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              29%    39%    54%    53%    45%    49%    47%    34%
Disapprove           37     41     31     26     34     30     32     42
DK/NA                34     21     15     21     21     22     21     24
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              51%    29%    75%    59%    51%    52%    55%    50%
Disapprove           29     49     16     19     32     27     31     29
DK/NA                19     22      9     22     17     21     14     21
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              45%    52%    56%    53%    53%    52%    52%    54%
Disapprove           22     31     29     34     32     28     30     22
DK/NA                33     17     15     13     15     20     18     24
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rob Portman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              43%    59%    26%    43%    47%    40%    46%    46%
Disapprove           31     18     54     29     30     33     36     26
DK/NA                25     23     20     28     22     27     18     28
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              31%    41%    52%    48%    51%    42%    46%    35%
Disapprove           29     35     32     30     29     31     30     36
DK/NA                40     23     16     22     21     27     24     29
 
 
13. Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in Ohio?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              48%    22%    83%    47%    40%    54%    51%    40%
Oppose               46     72     13     44     54     38     43     52
DK/NA                 7      6      4      9      6      7      6      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              48%    44%    47%    52%    36%    51%    44%    77%
Oppose               47     51     46     38     57     40     48     21
DK/NA                 5      6      6     10      6      9      8      2
 
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural
 
Support              33%    28%    55%    50%    34%
Oppose               60     64     38     44     58
DK/NA                 7      8      7      6      7
 
 
14. Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              90%    89%    95%    90%    86%    94%    92%    91%
Oppose                8     10      3      7     13      4      7      7
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      2      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              89%    89%    91%    93%    87%    95%    91%    88%
Oppose                9      9      6      5     12      3      7     10
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      1      2      2      1
 
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural
 
Support              89%    87%    93%    90%    88%
Oppose                9     11      5      8     10
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      2
 
 
16. 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      22%     5%    45%    20%    22%    22%    21%    17%
Legal most cases     33     22     40     42     32     34     36     32
Illegal most cases   27     48      7     22     29     25     29     30
Illegal all cases    10     19      2      8      8     12     11     12
DK/NA                 8      6      6      8      8      7      4      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Legal all cases      34%    20%    18%    17%    20%    18%    19%    44%
Legal most cases     36     33     34     33     33     34     34     33
Illegal most cases   19     34     30     26     32     28     30     13
Illegal all cases     5      7      9     17      8     14     11      2
DK/NA                 6      6      9      7      7      6      7      8
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Legal all cases       5%    16%    10%    40%    10%    25%
Legal most cases     22     33     35     40     20     38
Illegal most cases   47     35     32     11     39     24
Illegal all cases    21     11     17      3     25      6
DK/NA                 5      5      6      7      6      7
 
 
17. 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                61%    36%    87%    65%    60%    62%    61%    56%
Disagree             32     59      9     28     34     31     34     37
DK/NA                 6      6      4      7      6      7      5      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Agree                72%    59%    61%    55%    60%    57%    58%    77%
Disagree             23     35     33     39     35     35     35     19
DK/NA                 6      6      6      5      5      7      6      4
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Agree                31%    54%    54%    83%    33%    69%
Disagree             62     42     40     12     57     26
DK/NA                 7      4      6      5     10      5
 
 
18. 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              39%    55%    20%    38%    40%    38%    38%    38%
Oppose               52     39     71     53     50     54     57     51
DK/NA                 9      5      9      8     10      7      6     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              37%    40%    39%    42%    39%    37%    38%    44%
Oppose               59     51     52     48     51     56     54     47
DK/NA                 4      9      9     10      9      7      8      9
 
                     RELIGION.................
                     Wht                         ATTEND SRVCS
                     Evang  Prot   Cath   None   Weekly Less
 
Support              55%    47%    48%    23%    53%    36%
Oppose               38     44     44     69     39     56
DK/NA                 6      9      8      8      8      8