by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
You wouldn’t know it from the corporate media’s slanted coverage of the recent Dobbs v. Jackson ruling or their coverage of abortion in general but a new poll from Harvard Center for American Political Studies/Harris found that most Americans don’t want the Supreme Court to decide abortion law, as it did in Roe. …
… On its face, the Harvard poll seems to back the media’s narrative by revealing that only 45 percent of the country believes Roe should be overturned and 55 percent think it should stay.
That’s only part of the story though because Americans truly don’t understand what the end of Roe actually means. Polling may seem to suggest that Americans back the name of the abortion case that has cursed the nation for almost 50 years but a majority of them don’t agree with its substance.
Dig a little deeper into the same polls that the media touts to tell half-baked truths about public opinion on abortion and you’ll find similar results to the Harvard survey: At least 44 percent of Americans — a plurality — prefer for abortion issues to be dealt with at the state level. Only a quarter want the Supreme Court to decide, while less than a third (31 percent) want to leave it up to Congress.
That is exactly what the rollback of Roe actually entails but for years, the corrupt press has constantly justified its pro-abortion coverage by claiming without context that most of the country supports Roe. It’s a talking point that they repeat over and over and over again yet the data doesn’t back a federally-mandated abortion free-for-all.
As a matter of fact, the majority of Americans, 72 percent, support bans on abortions at least as restrictive as a ban after 15 weeks of gestation. Even 60 percent of Democrats say their states should allow abortions no later than 15 weeks.