Poll Results Show Majority of Texans Oppose Far-Reaching Abortion Restrictions

The results of a poll released in late June show that a slight majority of Texans are against the anti-abortion measure being pushed by GOP lawmakers in the state. An even larger majority think that the state’s lawmakers should use special legislative sessions to focus on matters such as healthcare and education — not social issues.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, which is a Democratic firm, found that 51 percent of Texans are opposed to a proposal that would “put in place new restrictions and regulations on abortion providers that would likely result in the closure of all but five abortion clinics in the state of Texas, all of which are located along the I-35 corridor, and would ban most abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy.”

But in a huge majority, 80 percent of Texans agreed with the following statement put forth by the pollsters:

A special session by the legislature should focus on issues like education, jobs, and the economy, instead of bringing up social issues like abortion that were already addressed in the regular session of the legislature.

In a survey released Tuesday by the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling, 52 percent of Texas voters were undecided about “Sentate Bill 5,” which is the measure that was famously filibustered by state Senator Wendy Davis (D) last week. However, the PPP poll did not include an explanation of the bill like the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll did.



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