According to the Politico/Morning Consult survey, conducted Tuesday, 57% of American voters say they hope that the Supreme Court supports abortion rights, despite a strongly-worded draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito released a day earlier that seemed to show that a majority of the court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade – the landmark 1973 case that established a right to an abortion up until a fetus can survive outside of the womb.
A majority of voters polled after the leaked opinion surfaced also said they support a term limit for Supreme Court justices, according to the survey, with 67% at least somewhat approving of the idea. Meanwhile, 74% at least somewhat support binding the justices to a code of ethics, while 59% said they would support balancing the court with an equal number of Republican, Democrats and independents.
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The court issued a statement on Tuesday acknowledging the legitimacy of the draft opinion, but said it does not represent the justices’ final decision. Even so, it is expected to have large implications for the midterm elections.
Accordingly, 58% of voters polled said it’s at least somewhat important to them to vote for a candidate who supports abortion access. But when asked about the issues expected to be top of mind when casting a vote for federal offices, just 8% named women’s issue, including abortion, as the top priority, falling behind economic, security, health care and senior issues.
The court is expected to issue its final ruling on a case challenging Roe in a matter of weeks. As Americans await that ruling, 50% of voters polled say Roe should not be overturned. But another 28% believe the opposite and 22% say they don’t know or have no opinion.