Poll: Americans Back 20-Week Abortion Limit

Sorry, Wendy Davis

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 25, 2013 7:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Wendy Davis fans might want to look away: It turns out that more Americans support the 20-week abortion ban she filibustered than oppose it. In a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 44% said they supported the limit, while 37% opposed. Even among people who described themselves as pro-choice, nearly one in five were fine with the ban.

But conservatives shouldn't get too cocky. The poll also showed that 52% are worried Republicans will go too far on social issues like abortion and gay rights, compared to 43% who weren't concerned. By contrast, 51% said they were not worried about Democrats going too far on social issues; that number was 55% for President Obama.

Opponents and supporters of abortion gather in the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas, July 12, 2013.
Opponents and supporters of abortion gather in the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)
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