Majority in new poll opposes Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe a year ago

A majority of Americans oppose the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last year, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

The poll, released Wednesday, found that 57% of respondents oppose the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, while 40% said they supported the court’s decision.

Americans’ views have changed little since the court issued its ruling in June 2022. At the time, 56% of respondents in a similar poll said they opposed the court’s decision.

Responses to the recent poll varied by party, with 74% of registered Democratic respondents opposing the court’s decision to overturn the decision, compared to 59% of registered independent respondents and 27% of registered Republican respondents.

Opposition spanned both age and racial groups. Sixty-six percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 said they opposed the court’s decision to overturn Roe, while 53 percent of respondents aged 30 to 44, 55 percent of respondents aged 45 at age 59 and 56 percent of respondents age 60 or older agreed with this sentiment.

White and nonwhite Americans polled were almost equally opposed to the decision, with 59% of nonwhite respondents and 57% of white respondents saying they were opposed.

The poll comes nearly a year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established the right to abortion.

Following the decision, a number of GOP-led states implemented or enacted abortion bans and restrictions.

President Biden and Vice President Harris will mark the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the ruling by attending a campaign event on Friday.

The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll was conducted June 12-14 with a total of 1,327 adults participating in the survey. The poll’s overall margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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