Poll: 42% support abortion rights ballot question, but nearly 1/3 are undecided

Democrats are fired up and using the issue of abortion rights to galvanize its base.

A new poll says about 42% of Florida voters support the abortion rights ballot initiative in November, while 25% are against and 32% are undecided.

“Fifty-six percent of Democrats and 44% of independents plan to vote in favor of a constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability,” said Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling. “Republicans are more split: 36% plan to vote no, 30% yes, and 34% are unsure.”

Emerson College released the findings from its latest survey Thursday. In addition to the ballot question, the survey asked voters whether they supported individual candidates. Donald Trump is leading over President Joe Biden in the Sunshine State, the poll said.

With the state’s six-week abortion ban cleared to take effect, Florida voters will decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment that limits government intervention in abortion procedures.

“A majority of voters (57%) find the six-week abortion ban that will become state law next month is ‘too strict.’ Fifteen percent think it is not strict enough, and 28% think it is about right,” Emerson College Polling said in the news release. “Regarding the current 15-week ban, 43% think it is too strict, 21% think it is not strict enough and 36% think it is about right.”

The Emerson College’s poll, which sampled 1,000 voters on April 9 and April 10, has a +/- 3-percentage-point margin of error. The Emerson College Polling Center describes itself as a “non-partisan organization that administers opinion surveys to better understand the attitudes and beliefs of the public.”

“The data sets were weighted by gender, education, race, age, party affiliation, and region based on 2024 registration modeling. Turnout modeling is based on U.S. Census parameters, and voter registration data,” Emerson said about its methodology.

Democrats are fired up and using the issue of abortion rights to galvanize its base. In Arizona, the state’s Supreme Court ruled this week a Civil War-era rule on banning abortions, except to save the mother’s life but not in cases of incest or rape, is valid on the books. Biden’s campaign said the decision is sending shockwaves through the country.

Gabrielle Russon

Gabrielle Russon is an award-winning journalist based in Orlando. She covered the business of theme parks for the Orlando Sentinel. Her previous newspaper stops include the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Toledo Blade, Kalamazoo Gazette and Elkhart Truth as well as an internship covering the nation’s capital for the Chicago Tribune. For fun, she runs marathons. She gets her training from chasing a toddler around. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @GabrielleRusson .


  • Impeach Biden

    April 11, 2024 at 11:07 am

    When you can’t campaign on the economy
    When you can’t campaign on crime
    When you cant campaign on foreign policy
    When you can’t campaign on immigration

    You blow the dust off of the old Demo playbook:

    The Repubs are coming for abortion, social security, Medicare / Medicaid. The uninformed zombies of course will buy into it! Only the dumb amongst us believe that.

    • Silly Wabbit

      April 11, 2024 at 11:48 am

      You kwazy.

      • Hung Wiil

        April 12, 2024 at 10:03 pm

        You boring.

    • JD

      April 12, 2024 at 5:48 pm

      Are you talking about the Republicans?

      The real GDP growth in the U.S. was noted at 2.5% in 2023, following increases of 5.8% in 2021 and 1.9% in 2022, indicating a continued recovery from the pandemic-induced recession​.

      Unemployment rates dropped significantly under the current administration, from a high during the pandemic to around 3.4% by early 2024​.

      Inflation rates, which had been a concern, stabilized to below 4% since mid-2023, reflecting effective monetary policy adjustments​.

      There was a reported decrease in homicides across the United States, with significant reductions noted in many large cities. For instance, a 10.7% decline in murders was reported in the first three quarters of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022​

      Foreign Policy:
      Yeah? They finally had to balls to end all the shit that Trump didn’t (that f@cking bone-spur pussy).

      You mean the bill the Republicans shit-canned? You own that.

      Try again.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 17, 2024 at 1:47 pm

      The old Demo playbook is what? Whining “stolen election” and “drag queens are scary?” LOL @ IBS

  • Cheesy Floridian

    April 11, 2024 at 11:55 am

    Choice = freedom. Freedom = choice. Vote for abortion access in Florida.

    • Hung Wiil

      April 12, 2024 at 10:02 pm

      Killing children is not freedom. You’re not going to get to 60% of this one. Most people in Florida do not support unregulated abortion-on-demand through the six-month of pregnancy.


      • rick whitaker

        April 15, 2024 at 6:46 am

        hung, you wouldn’t distort an issue would you? no not you. you are the guy with the skewed facts and figures, so everything looks off to you.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 17, 2024 at 1:46 pm

        Hung Lil, If killing children is not freedom, what exactly is Netenyahu up to? He claims it’s about freedom and safety. So, what is it, really?

  • rick whitaker

    April 18, 2024 at 11:40 pm


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