Survey: 68% of Voters Say Corporations Should Not Take Public Stance on Abortion

Abortion-rights activist Caroline Rhodes protests in front of the Supreme Court building following the announcement to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Court's decision in the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health case overturns the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case, …
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A survey has found that most voters believe corporations should not advocate for or against abortion rights “on behalf of their workers.”

The Suffolk University/USA TODAY survey was conducted between June 12-15 and released Wednesday ahead of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case Friday, which overruled the longstanding Roe v. Wade decision.

Respondents were asked if they believe “corporations have a responsibility to speak out on abortion rights on behalf of their workers — in support or opposition — or should corporations not take a stand?” 

A whopping 67.5 percent said corporations should not speak out one way or another on the matter. Those who said corporations should come out in “support” made up 27 percent of participants, while another 2.8 percent said corporations should voice opposition.

The survey also asked participants, “Would a Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade make you more or less likely to vote in November, or would it have no effect?”

Anti-abortion campaigners celebrate near the US Supreme Court in the streets of Washington, DC, on June 24, 2022. - The US Supreme Court on Friday ended the right to abortion in a seismic ruling that shreds half a century of constitutional protections on one of the most divisive and bitterly fought issues in American political life. The conservative-dominated court overturned the landmark 1973 "Roe v Wade" decision that enshrined a woman's right to an abortion and said individual states can permit or restrict the procedure themselves. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

Anti-abortion campaigners celebrate near the Supreme Court in the streets of Washington, DC, on June 24, 2022. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

The vast majority of participants (76.6 percent) stated that overruling the 1973 decision would have “no effect” on their likeliness to vote, while 19.7 percent said they would be “more likely” to cast a ballot and another 1.1 percent said they would be “less likely” to vote.

Of respondents, 14.6 percent said that “abortion is the most important issued to [their] vote” in the upcoming midterm elections, while another 62 percent stated it is “an important issue, but it’s not the most important issue.” Nearly 21 percent said the matter was not important to their vote.

Anti-abortion protesters rally at the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

When asked whether abortion or the “state of the economy” is a more critical issue, 66.2 percent said the economy, and 23.3 percent said abortion. The other 10.5 percent were undecided.

The survey indicated that the majority of Americans (60.3 percent) support abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy, as 28.9 percent voiced their opposition to abortions in the first three months. However, the numbers essentially flipped regarding support for midterm abortions, with 55.8 percent opposing abortions in the second trimester while 29.6 percent supported mid-term abortions. The trend continued on the issue of late-term abortions, with 67.2 percent voicing opposition and 18.6 percent expressing their support.

The survey sampled 1,000 registered voters from all 50 states in addition to the District of Columbia, and the margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe came in a 5-4 decision, as Breitbart News reported:

Roe was handed down in 1973 in a 7-2 decision, holding that the U.S. Constitution includes a constitutional right to abortion, despite the fact that abortion is not found in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution, and the nation went more than 180 years without ever noticing it existed. It has been one of the most divisive legal issues in American history.

An early draft of Alito’s opinion leaked in May, the first such leak of a full opinion in the 233-year history of the Supreme Court, leading the left to violent protests, including destroying a pro-life center in Wisconsin, vandalizing churches, and threatening protests at the home of conservatives justices in violation of federal law.

The case is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19-1392 in the Supreme Court of the United States.


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