Gallup: Public Backs Alito Almost 2-1, Not Convinced He Would Overturn Abortion Rights

By: E&P Staff

A new Gallup poll, completed earlier this week and announced today, finds American adults backing Judge Samuel Alito’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court by a nearly 2-1 margin, 54% to 30% with the rest undecided. This is actually a slight increase in support in the past two months.

By an even wider margin, 66% to 25% the same sample does not want to see the Supreme Court overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. But this does not sink Alito in many minds, because only 34% believe that as a justice he will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

This is key because, asked separately if they now became convinced that Alito WOULD overturn that decision, opinions would dramatically shift: from 54% to 30% in favor of his confirmation to 56% to 34% against.


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