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F&M poll: Pa. voters support abortion rights; Shapiro, Fetterman lead

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Airdate: Thursday, August 25, 2022

By a large margin, Pennsylvania voters support abortion rights according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College poll that was released today. 52% say abortion should legal under certain circumstances while 37% say it should be legal under any circumstances. 59% opposed amending the state Constitution to say there is no constitutional right to an abortion.

This is the first F&M poll taken since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade – the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationally. It is now up to the states to decide on their own abortion laws.

The poll also shows the economy is the most important issue to voters, President Joe Biden is unpopular, Democrat John Fetterman leads Republican Mehmet Oz in the U.S. Senate race and Democrat Josh Shapiro is in the lead against Republican Doug Mastriano for governor.

Those are some of the findings in the poll that we discuss on Thursday’s Smart Talk with Berwood Yost, Director of the Floyd Institute of Public Policy Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College.

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