Supreme Court's abortion decision has 'net neutral' impact on midterms: poll

Most voters agreed that protesters should not be allowed to target Supreme Court justices' homes

Updated: July 5, 2022 - 4:19pm

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The Supreme Court's decision to overrule Roe v. Wade has a "net neutral" impact on midterm elections, according to a Harvard CAPS Harris poll released Friday.

Although more than half of all voters (55%) oppose the Supreme Court's ruling making abortion no longer a constitutionally protected right, the decision will not affect the midterms, the survey showed.

When asked whether the Supreme Court's ruling made them more likely to vote for a Republican or a Democrat this fall, 36% of respondents favored Democrats while the same percentage supported Republicans.

Most voters (62%) agreed that people should not be allowed to protest outside of Supreme Court justices' homes.

The Supreme Court marshal appealed to the governors of Maryland and Virginia last week to intervene following weeks of protests outside of the justices' residences. Additionally, a man was arrested last month outside of the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in an alleged assassination attempt.

While Republican politicians expect to win back Congress this fall, the Harvard poll shows voters are evenly split, with half saying they would vote for a Republican for Congress while the other half favored Democrats.

The survey also revealed that despite the negative publicity, President Donald Trump is currently the most popular politician in the United States.

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