Louisiana survey shows big shift in attitudes on abortion, less so on death penalty

Published: April 28, 2022

By: Olivia C. Landry | LSU Manship School News Service

With the State Capitol standing tall behind them, crews affiliated with Boh Bros Construction work on Fourth Street in downtown Baton Rouge. STAFF PHOTO BY HILARY SCHEINUK

A survey released Thursday suggests Louisiana residents are split almost evenly over whether to maintain legal access to abortions.

The survey, by the LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, found that 49% of the 508 residents surveyed opposed legal access to abortions in all or most cases, and 46% supported it. The difference is within the poll’s margin of error.

In a similar survey in 2016, 55% of state residents thought abortion should be illegal in all or most cases while 40% thought it should be legal.

The shift occurred primarily among Democrats. Over the last six years, the level of Democratic support for legal abortions rose to 74% percent from 51%, and the percentage of Democrats opposed to legal abortion fell to 19% from 42%.

Read more at The Advocate

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