Gallup: 74% of Democrats 'Dissatisfied' With Abortion Laws, 17% of Republicans

( — A new Gallup survey shows that 46% of Americans are “dissatisfied” with current abortion laws and would like to see “less strict” laws put in place. However, on the political scale, only 17% of Republicans are dissatisfied while 74% of Democrats are dissatisfied and want less strict laws.

In the survey of American adults, Gallup asked, “Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the nation’s policies regarding the abortion issue? If dissatisfied: Would you like to see abortion laws in this country made more strict, less strict or remain as they are?”

In response, 46% of American adults said they were dissatisfied and want less strict laws. Twenty-six percent said they were satisfied with the current situation. Also, 15% said they were dissatisfied but “want stricter” abortion laws. (Emphasis added.)

The survey was conducted Jan. 2-22, 2023, by telephone. A random sample of 1,011 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were interviewed.

This survey occurred approximately six months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs decision of June 24, 2022, which returned abortion law to the states. 


On the political side, only 17% of Republicans said they were dissatisfied and want less strict abortion laws. However, 44% of Independents said the same, as did 74% of Democrats.

“Republicans are currently three times as likely as Democrats to express satisfaction with the nation’s abortion policies, 39% versus 13%,” reported Gallup.

The platform of the Democrat Party supports abortion on demand, through all nine months of pregnancy. 

Among women, 23% are satisfied with current abortion laws and 15% want “more strict” laws. However, 50% of women are dissatisfied and want “less strict” laws. 

The poll also showed that 38% of Catholics are dissatisfied and want “less strict” abortion laws.  Abortion is forbidden under Catholic teaching. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “ Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law … abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.”

The same poll showed that 30% of Catholics are satisfied with the abortion laws and 15% “want laws more strict.” For Protestants, 30% are satisfied and 20% want more strict laws.  

Thirty-seven percent of Protestants said they were dissatisfied and “want laws less strict” for abortion.

For those Americans professing no religion, 69% are dissatisfied and want “less strict” abortion laws. 

“Abortion policy in the U.S. has changed drastically after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June,” said Gallup.  “With individual states now having more leeway in making abortion policy, 12 states have bans in effect, and more have restricted the availability of abortions.”

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