A new poll by Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies and the Harris Poll just dealt a death blow to the narrative that Dobbs defies most Americans’ beliefs on abortion law. In fact, the poll shows that the Republican position on abortion is more favorable to the average American than the Democrat stance is.
Seventy-two percent of those polled supported abortion restrictions at least as strict as a ban on abortions after 15 weeks, like the Mississippi law at issue in Dobbs. Thirty-seven percent said abortion should only be legal in cases of incest or rape. Only 10 percent supported abortion up to the moment of birth, a radical position but one that many Democrat politicians have openly supported.
The poll also revealed a disconnect in abortion activists’ approach to the Dobbs decision. You can’t believe that killing your unborn baby is a protected constitutional right and simultaneously believe that abortions should be banned after 15 weeks. And yet, more than half said they thought the Supreme Court was wrong to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Even with 55 percent of poll respondents opposed to the reversal of Roe, only a quarter said they believe that abortion law should be decided by Supreme Court justices. Forty-four percent said states should set abortion standards and 31 percent wanted to let Congress decide.
In further contradiction of the left-wing narrative about Dobbs, the poll showed that the average American doesn’t believe the Supreme Court is a corrupt institution. Despite leftist radicals blowing up on Twitter, criticizing the Supreme Court as illegitimate and crying for its dissolution, the poll revealed that 63 percent of voters still agree the Supreme Court is legitimate — a number that’s concerningly lower than it should be but still a sizeable majority. Fifty-nine percent also said it’s wrong for Democrats to call the Supreme Court illegitimate.
And while Democrats and their corporate media allies do their best to convince Americans the court’s return of lawmaking power to the states is somehow a grave threat to their liberties, only 14 percent of those polled said that abortion “rights” were at the top of their list of concerns. For most respondents, inflation took that slot.
Beth Whitehead is an intern at The Federalist and a journalism major at Patrick Henry College where she fondly excuses the excess amount of coffee she drinks as an occupational hazard.