NBC/WSJ poll: Support for Roe v. Wade hits new high

As Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Kavanaugh, would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, new polling shows that support for the decision has hit a new high — 71 percent of Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, including a majority of Republicans.  


NBC/WSJ poll: Support for Roe v. Wade hits new high


A majority of Republicans — 52 percent — say the Supreme Court decision should not be overturned.

By Carrie Dann

As President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick readies for his eventual confirmation hearing, support for the court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade has hit an all-time high.

A new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal finds that 71 percent of American voters believe that the decision, which established a woman’s legal right to an abortion, should not be overturned. Just 23 percent say the ruling should be reversed.

That’s the highest level of support for the decision — and the lowest share of voters who want Roe v. Wade overturned — in the poll’s history dating back to 2005. In 1989, according to Gallup’s survey, 58 percent said they believed it should stay in place while 31 percent disagreed.


Those supporting the ruling include 88 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of independents and a majority — 52 percent — of Republicans. About four-in-ten Republicans — 39 percent — say that Roe v. Wade should be overturned.