Are most Americans both “pro-life” and “pro-Roe”?

Nate Silver ponders the apparent contradiction in polls showing a majority of people claiming to be pro-choice but also a large majority supporting Roe v. Wade.

Although there have been a series of recent polls suggesting declining support for abortion choice — see our previous coverage here — another new poll from CNN comes to an apparently contradictory conclusion:

The 1973 Roe versus Wade decision established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Would you like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Roe versus Wade decision, or not?

30% Yes, overturn

68% No, not overturn

The 68 percent level of support for upholding Roe v Wade is the highest of any poll I can find in the database, although opinion on this question — like most others on abortion — has historically changed very little over time:

Read more here.

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