Skip to main content

Poll of Rural Voters in Critical 2020 Senate Battleground States Found Strong Opposition to Making Abortion Illegal

Columbus, OH — Over the summer, RuralOrganizing.org conducted a poll of 7,004 rural and exurban voters fielded from June 30 to July 13, 2020 in seven Senate battleground states (Alaska, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana and North Carolina) and the critical presidential swing state of Wisconsin.  

The results showed that Joe Biden and Senate Democratic candidates are cutting Republican margins in 2020 battleground states in rural and exurban areas — turf usually considered prime territory for Republicans. 

In addition, we polled a number of important issues including abortion. Our findings showed that a significant number of rural and exurban voters are opposed to making abortion illegal - an issue that has much more salience as President Donald Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell move forward with a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. See below for results by state.

The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.Org:


“Turns out the politics of President Trump and Senator McConnell’s Supreme Court agenda will be damaging  to Republicans in Senate battleground states. Our polling shows that rural voters in these states oppose outlawing abortions, but President Trump has made it clear that making abortions illegal is one of his prioirities for the Supreme Court nominee. Americans have largely reached a consensus on reproductive health care, that’s true for voters in big cities, small towns, and rural communities. Trump and McConnell should think twice before they take our country down this divisive path.”

State by state breakdown from our 2020 battleground state polling

How Strongly do you agree with the following statement: Should Abortion be illegal?

State

Strongly agree 

Somewhat agree

Somewhat disagree

Strongly disagree 

Don’t know

Alaska

21

15

17

38

8

Georgia

24

20

18

30

10

Iowa

26

17

16

35

6

Kansas

29

18

14

32

7

Maine

17

17

17

44

6

Montana

25

15

13

43

4

North Carolina

27

19

14

32

8

National

25

17

15

35

7

 

 The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.

###

Share this post