According to Gallup, 52 percent of those who are anti-abortion-rights support overturning Roe v. Wade, not the US population overall.
On Monday, May 2, 2022, news broke of a leaked document from the Supreme Court outlining plans to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1972 landmark legal ruling to make abortion a constitutional right across the U.S.
On May 3, Life News tweeted: “FALSE: 70% of Americans support Roe v. Wade. TRUE: The 2021 Gallup poll shows 52% of Americans want to ban all or most abortions.”
The most recent data from Gallup, from June 2021, shows that overall, “nearly six in 10 Americans [58 percent] oppose overturning Roe v Wade, while 32 percent in favor,” according to its write-up of the report. This contradicts Life News’ coverage, which has the headline: “52 percent of Americans want all or most abortions banned.” In the Life News article itself, the author writes that “52 percent of Americans who take a pro-life position want all or most abortions banned or illegal.”
Gallup news’ data shows that 51-percent of anti-abortion-rights supporters are in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, compared to 17 percent of pro-abortion-rights supporters. There are variations in these results, which are due to a number of factors, including gestation periods and maternal health.
Gallup’s article concludes that the results show that overturning Roe v. Wade “does not sit well with a majority of Americans or even a large subset of Republicans.”
It is not true that 52 percent of Americans want to overturn Roe v. Wade. Gallup’s survey results show that 52 percent of Americans who take an anti-abortion-rights stance support overturning the legislation.