NPR/Marist Poll: Americans Respond to Roe Decision

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In the first poll issued following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, 61 percent of Americans say the Court’s decision will make them more likely to vote in the midterms.

The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll also shows that 51 percent of voters nationally say the ruling will make them more likely to vote for a congressional candidate who would back a law that would restore the protections of Roe versus 36% that would vote against a candidate with that intent.

Other findings from the Marist Poll:

  • With 55% of Americans saying they mostly support abortion rights, 56% of Americans oppose the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. A poll of PoliticsPA readers shows nearly a 50-50 split among those who responded with 50 percent disagreeing and 47 percent in agreement.

  • 56% of Americans are concerned that the Supreme Court’s decision could also jeopardize the rights to contraception, same-sex marriage, or same-sex relationships.

  • A majority of Americans (57%) think the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was politically motivated and not motivated by the law of the land (36%).

  • Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a majority of Americans (54%) do not want the Court expanded to include more justices.

  • Democrats (48%) currently have the advantage over the Republicans (41%) among registered voters in the congressional generic ballot question. Their advantage has slightly widened from five points (47% for the Democratic candidate and 42% for the Republican candidate) in May after the leaked draft of the Roe v. Wade decision.

  • About two in three Americans (66%) — including 70% of Democrats, 55% of Republicans, and 74% of independents — say they have a personal connection to someone who has had an abortion. 33% say they do not.


The survey of 941 adults was conducted June 24-25, 2022 by the Marist Poll sponsored in partnership with NPR and PBS NewsHour. Results are statistically significant within ±4.9 percentage points.





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