Abortion

Availability of Abortion (June 2019)

Respondents were asked, "What is your opinion on the availability of abortion?"

Support for Making Abortion Illegal After Six Weeks of Pregnancy (June 2019)

Respondents were asked, "Do support or oppose making abortion illegal after 6 weeks of pregnancy?"

Should Abortion Laws Be More or Less Strict (February 2019)

Respondents were asked, "Do you think that laws restricting abortion here in Texas should be made more strict, less strict, or left as they are now?" 

Texas Public Opinion on Abortion and the U.S. Supreme Court

February 8, 2019
By: 
Joshua Blank
Jim Henson

Texas public opinion has remained fairly static on the perrenial issue of abortion, but has shifted towards the Supreme Court (in notable partisan paterns) over time as the justices have weighed in on the issues of gay marriage, Obamacare, and, likely, abortion – and as offices have changed hands between Republican and Democratic control. Below is a set of results from numerous University of Texas/Texas Tribune Polls.

Availability of Abortion (October 2018)

Respondents were asked, "What is your opinion on the availability of abortion?"

The Supreme Court, the Politics of Abortion, and the 2018 Elections

July 9, 2018
By: 
Jim Henson
Joshua Blank

The University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll has asked numerous questions about abortion over the last 10 years, including a now-consistent item on whether or not Texas voters view themselves as “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” Overall, according to June 2018 UT/TT polling data, 44 percent of Texas voters describe themselves as pro-life while 39 percent describe themselves a pro-choice. There are, of course, unsurprising partisan differences. Among the state’s majority party, Republicans overwhelmingly describe themselves as pro-life (68 percent), about equal to the share of Democrats who describe themselves as pro-choice (66 percent).

But these broad labels, like the topic of abortion itself, hide complexities likely to shape the electoral environment that Democrats and Republicans will confront should the Fall be spent on the confirmation of a justice expected to overturn, or severely curtail abortion rights. 

UT/Texas Tribune Poll Data on Issues Under Judicial Review This Week

December 5, 2017
By: 
Jim Henson
Joshua Blank

Matters of intense partisan contention at the state and federal level – LGBTQ rights, voting rights, the President’s travel ban, and abortion – are getting attention from the judicial branch this week. Our polling in Texas has yielded a lot of data on the issue at hand that might be useful in thinking about how they made it onto the public agenda in the first place, how specific politics and laws that are now being contested in the courts came to be, and how actions taken by the courts will be interpreted by the broader public here in Texas

 

Taking Texas to Trial: Public Opinion on Texas' High Profile Cases

November 6, 2017
By: 
Joshua Blank
Jim Henson

 When it comes to legal cases in general, and legal rights in particular, it's important to note that public opinion can often act as a poor guide to a just outcome, and in many cases, may have no relevance on particular legal proceedings. With that caveat aside, public opinion is useful in determining how elected officials, including the Attorney General, might react to court decisions, and further, whether the state chooses to push ahead in the legal process in the face of adverse decisions. 

Spooked by the Speaker and Other Data Points from the Week in Texas Politics

October 27, 2017
By: 
Jim Henson

The week drew to an end with a meeting about how to treat the past, after the Senate Finance Committee looked to the future as it pondered life after Harvey.  Several rounds of court battles resulted in an undocumented teenager in federal custody receiving the abortion she had requested and the Trump administration had tried to block.  Trump himself came to Dallas on Wednesday, but his visit got knocked off the front page in Texas by the unexpected announcement of Speaker Joe Straus that he wasn't running for re-election next year, though he was staying in his seat -- and the Speaker's office.  Read on for fresh public opinion data related to this week's news from the just-released October 2017 University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll.  (See hundreds of graphics from the poll results at our latest poll page, too.)

Require the Burial or Cremation of Fetal Remains (June 2017)

Respondents were asked, "Please tell us whether you would support or oppose the following proposals: Requiring the burial or cremation of any fetal remains from an abortion, miscarriage, or stillbirth"

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