Updated Jun 26, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Poll: Majority of Americans disapprove of overturning Roe v. Wade

Outside the Supreme Court. Photo: Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images

Fifty-nine percent of Americans disapprove of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and take away the federal protections of abortion rights, according to a new CBS News/YouGov reaction poll. Among women polled, 67% disapprove.

Why it matters: The new polling upholds what surveys before the decision showed us — that the majority of Americans support Roe.

  • 52% call the court's decision a "step backward" for America, 31% say it's a "step forward," and 17% say neither.

Between the lines: Opinion is starkly divided along party lines. 78% of Republicans approve of the decision, compared with 38% of independents and 17% of Democrats.

What to watch: The public believes the court will reexamine other civil rights set by precedent.

  • 57% think it's likely same-sex marriage rights will be limited, and 55% think access to birth control will be limited.

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