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Support for legal abortion hits highest point since mid-90s

TOPSHOT - Abortion rights activists rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019. - Demonstrations were planned across the US on Tuesday in defense of abortion rights, which activists see as increasingly under attack. The "Day of Action" rallies come after the state of Alabama passed the country's most restrictive abortion ban, prohibiting the procedure in all cases, even rape and incest, unless the mother's life is at risk. Alabama is among about 14 states which have adopted laws banning or drastically restricting access to abortion, according to activists. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Six out of 10 Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, hitting the highest level of support in an ABC/Washington Post poll since 1995. 

Graph showing 60% support for legal abortion in all or most cases and 27% support for legal abortion in all cases.

The uptick in support for legal abortion got its biggest boost from the segment of respondents saying it should be legal “in all cases,” now at 27%, an 11-point increase from its nadir in 2007. Overall, just 36% of respondents want abortion outlawed in all or most cases, slipping 11 points since hitting 45% in 2010. 

In addition, nearly three-quarters of respondents support making access to abortion in their state either easier (32%) or keeping the status quo (41%), while just 24% want access to be more difficult in their state.

The partisan breakdown of support for legal abortion looks like this:


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