Trump stakes out pop­u­lar posi­tion as Repub­li­cans try to nav­i­gate abor­tion pol­i­tics: Poll

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Trump stakes out popular position as Republicans try to navigate abortion politics: Poll

For­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s posi­tion on abor­tion is over­whelm­ing­ly pop­u­lar among Repub­li­cans, a poll found.
A poll from Politico/Morning Con­sult found that three-fifths of Repub­li­cans sup­port leav­ing abor­tion to the states, though the share jumped to three-fourths when told that it was Trump’s stat­ed posi­tion. The share of inde­pen­dents who sup­port the posi­tion also jumped from 47% to 51% when told it was Trump’s posi­tion.

For­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump reacts while meet­ing with con­struc­tion work­ers at the con­struc­tion site of the new JPMor­gan Chase head­quar­ters in mid­town Man­hat­tan on Thurs­day, April 25, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwa­mu­ra)

Democ­rats were also sup­port­ive of the idea states should deter­mine abor­tion laws (41%), but pop­u­lar­i­ty for the plan dropped (38%) when they were told it was Trump’s posi­tion.
The poll illus­trates the pos­si­ble pay­off in Trump’s approach to abor­tion, as well as his con­tin­ued hold on the Repub­li­can Par­ty. It also waves off con­cerns that his stance could cost sup­port from the anti-abor­tion seg­ment of the par­ty.
The poll also found sig­nif­i­cant sup­port for a mod­er­at­ed abor­tion stance float­ed by some Repub­li­cans — 54% of respon­dents sup­port a fed­er­al ban on abor­tion after 15 weeks of preg­nan­cy with excep­tions for rape, incest, and the life of the moth­er.
The poll also found wide sup­port for in vit­ro fer­til­iza­tion in the gen­er­al pub­lic, as well as among Repub­li­cans, with 64% sup­port­ing IVF access.
The poll was con­duct­ed from April 12 to 15, sur­vey­ing 1,993 reg­is­tered vot­ers, with a mar­gin of error of plus or minus 2 per­cent­age points.