A new Gallup poll shows that less Americans like U.S. abortion policies than any time since 2001, when Gallup first asked the question. Gallup did not ask the question between 2009-2011. Only 34% of respondents were satisfied in 2015 with current abortion policies. Between 2001 and 2008, an average of 43% of Americans were satisfied; that dropped to an average of 39% between 2012 and 2104.
GOP voters were particularly disenchanted with recent policies; from January 2001 to January 2008 under George W. Bush’s reign, a minimum of 39% of GOP voters were content, rising as high as 44% in January 2002, but since 2012, the highest number registered among them was 29%. This year that number dropped to 21%.
Democrats’ satisfaction has remained more steady; starting at 52% in 2002, dropping to 42% in 2007, and remaining between 46% and 50% during Obama’s tenure. Independents have hovered between 37% and 42% with a spike to 48% in 2013.
Of the dissatisfied voters in 2015, 24% want stricter laws, while only 12% want the laws eased. GOP dissatisfaction has risen from a high of 50% under Bush to 62% since 2012.
More Democrats want less restrictive abortion laws, at 15%.