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Majority of voters oppose overturning Roe vs. Wade, poll shows

Majority of voters oppose overturning Roe vs. Wade, poll shows
Women demonstrate during a pro-choice rally in New York this month. (Julie Jacobson / AP)

Support for Roe vs. Wade is at an all-time high as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh braces for his confirmation hearing.

A record 71% of voters oppose overturning the landmark ruling, which in 1973 established woman’s legal right to an abortion, according to a Wall Street Journal-NBC poll.

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Just 23% of voters believe the ruling should be overturned, the poll found.

Voters are now more likely to vote for a political candidate who is pro-abortion rights than for one who opposes them.

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Forty-four percent of voters said they would support a pro-abortion-rights candidate, versus 26% who said they were inclined to vote for a candidate who seeks to limit women’s reproductive rights.

About three in 10 respondents said a candidate’s stance on abortion wouldn’t affect their vote.

Kavanaugh, whose record shows that he is hostile to Roe vs. Wade, draws little support from voters, the poll found.

Thirty-two percent of voters back his nomination, while 26% oppose his confirmation.

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Dramatic change was recorded among independent voters, 76% of whom said they opposed reversing the ruling, up from 64% who who were opposed to its reversal in 2013.

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