The 19th|Momentive Poll: Supreme Court decisions

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The 19th|Momentive Poll: Supreme Court decisions

Here’s what our research uncovered about Americans’ support for Roe v. Wade, as well as the four other landmark Supreme Court cases that may also be thrown into question.

Brianna Richardson

May 26, 2022 | 2 min read

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The recent Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has thrown several other landmark cases, such as Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges, into question. However, a recent Momentive poll shows wide support (at least 70% of those surveyed) for upholding all four landmark cases we asked about, but the least support for Roe—currently the only decision at risk of being overturned.

Almost all (83%) Americans don’t want to see the Supreme Court completely overturn Griswold v. Connecticut, the decision that established the right to contraception. 

  • Democrats and Republicans are nearly in agreement: 90% of Democrats don’t want to see the Supreme Court overturn the decision along with 80% of Republicans and 83% of independents. 
  • Support for letting the decision stand is highest among white women: 89% want to leave the decision as is compared with 76% of Black women, 73% of Hispanic women, 72% of Asian women and 81% of women of other races. 

Similarly, the overwhelming majority (78%) of Americans don‘t want to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Loving v. Virginia decision, which found that laws banning interracial marriage violated the 14th Amendment. 

  • Democrats are slightly more likely than Republicans to want to leave the decision as is (84% vs. 77%).
  • This issue has a notable divide by race: white adults are most likely to want the decision to stand (83%), while fewer adults of color (68% of Hispanics, 68% of Blacks, 65% of Asians and 79% of adults of other races) say the same. 

A full 7 in 10 (70%) adults in the U.S. don’t want to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. 

  • For LGBT individuals, this landmark case is especially important: 86% want to leave the decision as is while 69% of non-LGBT individuals say the same.  
  • In this instance, unlike contraception and interracial marriage cases, Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to want the decision to stand (85% vs. 56%).
  • Democrats, regardless of gender, are more likely to want to leave the decision as is: 86% of Democrat women and 83% of Democrat men want the decision to stand compared with 58% of Republican women and 54% of Republican men.

Of the four Supreme Court cases included in our poll, Roe v. Wade has the weakest support among the overall population—but especially among Republicans. Still, the majority (65%) of Americans do not want the Supreme Court to completely overturn Roe, while just 31% would like to see it overturned. This number is on par with previous polling such as a 2020 NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll where 66% of U.S. adults said they would not want Roe v. Wade overturned. 

  • This issue has the greatest divide of the four cases by partisanship: the overwhelming majority of Democrats (87%) do not want to see Roe overturned, but just 41% of Republicans say the same. 
  • Letting Roe stand is particularly important for LGBT individuals: 79% want to leave the decision as-is, compared with 64% of non-LGBT adults. 
  • This issue is largely driven by party, rather than gender: 87% of Democrat women along with 85% of Democrat men want to let the decision stand compared with 45% of Republican women and 39% of Republican men.  

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