Majority backs Roe decision, but opponents most motivated

Seventy percent of Americans want the Roe v. Wade ruling upholding abortion rights to stay, while 24 percent would like it overturned, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that came out on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision. So why is abortion still such a significant issue in politics? One reason is that 74 percent of those who support overturning Roe consider abortion a “crucial issue” or “one of many crucial issues,” according to a Pew poll, while only 31 percent of Roe supporters consider abortion a crucial issue.