Meanwhile, a smaller majority (58%) of respondents opposed taxpayer-funded abortion in the U.S.
Many Americans favored these restrictions on overseas abortions despite identifying as “pro-choice.”
Slightly more than half of overall respondents (53%) said they were pro-choice, yet among this subset, nearly six-in-ten still opposed using tax dollars to fund abortions overseas. And among Democrats, a majority of them (55%) opposed funding abortions internationally with U.S. tax dollars.
Dr. Barbara Carvalho, director of The Marist Poll, stated that Wednesday’s poll shows “consensus” among Americans on abortion restrictions.
“While the number of people who identify as ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ tends to fluctuate with the public debate, when given a broader choice of policy options, there is a strong consensus among Americans on abortion,” Carvalho said in a statement accompanying the poll’s release.
“Survey results reveal support for abortion restrictions and an aversion for use of taxpayer funding for abortions abroad,” she said.
The poll was released two days before a now-virtual March for Life will take place on Friday, the 48th annual March for Life.
In addition, President Joe Biden is expected to repeal the Mexico City Policy later this week, allowing for federal funding of foreign NGOs that provide or promote abortions overseas.
The policy, which was originally approved by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, has been enacted by every Republican administration and rescinded by every Democratic administration since its beginning.
During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden also said he would repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of elective abortions in the U.S.
Anderson on Wednesday called for “restraint” on pro-abortion policies, in order to more accurately mirror the desires of Americans who want abortion restrictions.
“The American people show consensus and restraint on this issue, and we hope that our elected officials and policy makers will heed this call for unity when there is far too much that divides us in our politics today,” Anderson said.
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