Texas Statewide Survey Results
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decisions on abortion for herself is both broad and deep, including among Independents(76 percent) and Republicans (61 percent).
Fifty-two percent of Texas voters think that abortion should be legal in all or most cases,compared to 39 percent who say it should be illegal in all or most cases. Even amongthose who think abortion should be illegal, a majority (51 percent) believe that personal,private medical decisions about whether to have an abortion should be made by awoman, her family, and her doctor, not by politicians.
Eight in ten voters agree that the special session should be focused on issues like
”education, jobs, and economy instead of bringing up social issues like abortion”
; 71percent think that the Governor and the legislature should spend less time passing lawsrestricting abortion. Again, both Independent and Republican voters share this view.
Overall, a majority (51 percent) oppose the current legislation in the legislature, which
“would place new restrictions and regulat
ion on abortion providers that would likely resultin the closure of all but five abortion clinics in the state of Texas, all of which are locatedalong the I-
35 corridor and would ban most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy.”
While voters are split on wh
ether or not women’s access
to healthcare is beingthreatened in the state (43 percent each threatened and not threatened), 57 percent do
not trust the Governor or the legislature to make decisions about women’s healthcare.
In sum, this legislation is not a reflection of any voter sentiment that this is an important issue for the Governor and legislature to take up or any desire for further restrictions on abortion. Indeed,a majority opposes this legislation, being devised by politicians they do not particularly trust on
women’s health issues.