What Californians think about abortion

Over the past two decades, the share of California adults who support legal abortion has generally increased even as the issue has grown more partisan, according to the Public Policy Institute of California, which conducts non-partisan statewide surveys.

Today, the vast majority of Californians support Roe v. Wade’s guarantee of abortion access, with 77% of adults responding that it should not be overturned.

That majority holds regardless of political party, gender or race. Even among Republicans — the group with the highest proportion of voters opposed to abortion — 59% said they supported Roe.

Past polls have shown that public support declines to various degrees when people are asked whether they support using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, or allowing minors to obtain them without notifying their parents.