New Poll: Women’s Equality Act
Not Controversial Among Voters
Majorities Support, Including Abortion Rights Protections
June 10, 2014 -
The National Institute for Reproductive Health commissioned PerryUndem Research/Communication to conduct a statewide survey of voters on their
views toward the Women’s Equality Act. The survey gauged support for individual
proposals, such as having stronger laws to ensure equal pay for equal work, protecting a
woman’s right to decide to have an abortion
, and strengthening human trafficking laws. The poll found majorities of support for the Act, and a 50-point margin for including abortion protections in the Act versus excluding them. A majority of voters say they would feel disappointed
and a third would be angry
if the New York State Senate does not pass this plan before ending their session. The survey was conducted among n = 802 registered voters statewide from May 20 to 26, 2014. The survey was administered by telephone including landlines and cell phones. The margin of sampling error is + 3.5 percentage points. Key findings include:
The Women’s Equality Act is not controversial among voters –
large majorities (84 percent) support the Act after hearing a series of proposals included in the Act.
for the Women’s Equality Act crosses all demographic segments, party
affiliations, and regions of the state.
New York is a pro-choice state; most voters support
Roe v. Wade
(78 percent). Therefore, it is not surprising that 77 percent of voters support the specific point in the 10-
point plan that protects a woman’s right
to have an abortion.