Oct 12, 2022 - Health

Half of voters motivated by demise of Roe, poll finds

Share of voters who say that the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade made them more motivated to vote in the 2022 midterm election
Data: KFF Health Tracking Poll; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

Half of all voters say that they are more motivated to cast a ballot in the midterms because of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday.

Why it matters: Three-quarters of those who say the decision is motivating them say they intend to back candidates who support abortion rights, compared to 17% who plan to vote for candidates who want to limit access.

By the numbers: 50% of 1,534 adults KFF polled between Sept. 15–26 say they are more eager to vote in the midterms due to the fall of Roe, up from 43% in July and 37% in May following the leak of a Supreme Court decision draft on Roe.

  • 51% of voters in states with abortion bans are more motivated to vote, compared to 32% in states that protect abortion access.
  • In anti-abortion states, 74% of Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters are more eager to vote, versus only 35% of Republicans or Republican-leaning voters.
  • 53% of women say they are more motivated to vote and 46% of men say they are more motivated because of the Supreme Court decision.

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