Poll: 30% say they would not vote for a candidate with opposing views on abortion

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Abortion rights activists demonstrate outside the Supreme Court in January. Many liberals fear a Trump appointee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy could lead to the court's overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision granting women the constitutional right to have an abortion. (Photo courtesy of Robin Marty)

WASHINGTON – Three out of ten Americans would not vote for a candidate for high office if the candidate’s position on abortion did not mirror their own, according to a poll released Thursday.

The CNN/SSRS poll found that 30% of the respondents said they would not cast their ballots for a candidate who did not share their views on abortion, compared with 45% who said a candidate’s position on abortion is just one of many factors they would consider before voting. Meanwhile, 20% said they do not see abortion as a major issue and 5% said they had no opinion on the matter.

A candidate’s position on abortion is of critical importance to 33% of women, while only 26% of men agreed.

Meanwhile, 33% of independent voters said a candidate’s position on abortion is of critical importance, compared with 29% of Democrats and 28% of Republicans.

The poll found that 31% of the respondents said abortion should be legal in all circumstances and 48% said it should be legal under certain circumstances. Meanwhile, 18% said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances and 3% said they had no opinion on the matter.

The survey included 1,006 respondents and was carried out May 28-31. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Several states have recently enacted laws that limit access to abortion.

The legislation has caused panic among abortion rights groups, many of which see the confluence of events as a precursor to a legal challenge against the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. That case invalidated state laws prohibiting abortion. If Roe v. Wade were overturned, states could again outlaw abortion.

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