Voters split on how abortion should be regulated throughout the U.S.

A majority of voters favor either broad restrictions or state-by-state regulation.

U.S. pro-life protester
U.S. pro-life protester
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Updated: October 9, 2020 - 11:08am

U.S. voters are split on the issue of abortion laws on the state and federal level, a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen shows. 


When asked of their preferred policy regarding abortion, 35% of the voters said they would favor a national paradigm "with only minimal restrictions."

Thirty-three percent said they would prefer a national law with abortion legal only in extreme circumstances such as rape and incest. 

Twenty percent of the voters said they would like to see each state allowed to "establish appropriate rules and guidelines such as waiting periods, parental notification, and how late in a pregnancy abortions can be allowed."

When it comes to abortion, which of the following policy options would you prefer?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Rasmussen using a mixed-mode approach from October 1-3, 2020.

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