Plurality of likely US voters 'most trust' governors, legislatures in deciding abortion laws

A new poll suggests Americans are more amenable to the fundamentals behind the leaked draft decision from the Supreme Court than the media and pro-abortion groups would lead you to believe.

Published: May 19, 2022 9:55am

Updated: May 19, 2022 12:31pm

More than 40% of likely U.S. voters say they most trust a governor and a state legislature to make decisions on abortion law, according to a new poll.

The poll by the Trafalgar Group, in conjunction with Convention of States Action, pertains to the forthcoming Supreme Court decision that could overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that afforded women the constitutionally protected right to an abortion.

If the court overturns the decision, the right to an abortion is expected to then be decided on a state-by-state basis. 

On the question "Who do you most trust to decide the laws governing abortion" – 41.4% said governor and state legislature, 7.4% precent said federal court, 18.1% said federal government and 33.1% said they were unsure.

The poll was conducted May 6-8 among 1,082 respondents with a 2.99% margin of error. 

Among those identified in the poll as Republican, 60% said they most trust the governor and state legislature, compared to 7.0% for the federal government and 7.4% for federal courts. And 25.7% said they were unsure on the matter.

Most Democrats surveyed (42.1%) said they were unsure about which part of the government to trust most, while 27.5% said the federal government, 24.1% said governor and state legislature and 6.3% said federal courts.

"While the pro-abortionists and media meltdown about the leaked Roe v. Wade draft from Justice Alito, the plurality of Americans actually support the idea that Justice Alito concludes in his draft decision – the states should be deciding this issue," said Convention of States Action President Mark Meckler. "Voters are ready for a return to federalism, and this is a stunning example of that."

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