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Toplines - Stop Prop 1 - October 12, 2022

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Survey of 1216 California Likely Voters

October 12th, 2022

By Rasmussen Reports and Capitol Resource Institute



How would you rate the job Joe Biden has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?


31% strongly approve

22% somewhat approve

7% somewhat disapprove

38% strongly disapprove

1% not sure



Generally speaking, on the issue of abortion, do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?

55% pro-choice

36% pro-life

9% not sure


The Supreme Court recently overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, so that each state can now determine its own laws regarding abortion. Do you approve or disapprove of the court overturning Roe v. Wade?


33% strongly approve

16% somewhat approve

9% somewhat disapprove

38% strongly disapprove

4% not sure


Because of California’s permissive stance on abortion, the overturning of Roe v. Wade has no legal effect on the number or type of abortions in California.  Does that make you change your mind about the overturning of Roe v. Wade?


11% yes

79% no

10% not sure


Do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the use of taxpayer money to perform abortions?


23% strongly approve

23% somewhat approve

12% somewhat disapprove

35% strongly disapprove

6% not sure


Should abortion laws be determined by state governments or by the federal government?


50% state government

37% federal government

13% not sure


Do you think abortions after a fetus has a developed nervous system and can feel pain should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?


29% legal under any circumstances

46% legal only under certain circumstances

18% illegal in all circumstances

7% not sure


Do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the sale of fetal tissue like limbs and organs after an abortion?


17% strongly approve

18% somewhat approve

16% somewhat disapprove

38% strongly disapprove

11% not sure


Some states have limits on how late in a woman’s pregnancy an abortion can legally be performed. Should abortion be legal up to the first month of pregnancy, legal up to three months of a pregnancy, legal up to six months of a pregnancy, or legal at any time during a pregnancy before the moment of birth? Or should all abortions be illegal?


19% abortion should be legal up to the first month of a pregnancy

34% legal up to three months of a pregnancy

13% legal up to six months of a pregnancy

14% legal at any time during pregnancy up to the moment of birth

15% abortions should be illegal

6% not sure


At what point in a pregnancy does a fetus have a right to life? At conception, at 3 months, at 6 months, or at birth?


29% at conception
23% 3 months
15% 6 months

22% at birth

10% not sure


In deciding how you vote in elections, how important is a candidate’s position on abortion?

49% very important
27% somewhat important
14% not very important

7% not at all important

4% not sure


Should a woman have a legal right to unrestricted abortion at any stage of pregnancy, including up until birth, for any reason?


36% yes

52% no

12% not sure


How closely have you been following recent news about California’s Proposition 1?


23% very closely

28% somewhat closely

26% not very closely

15% not at all closely

8% not sure

Do you support or oppose California’s Proposition 1 which states:

The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion…

42% strongly support

17% somewhat support

11% somewhat oppose

22% strongly oppose

8% not sure


California’s Proposition 1, if it passes in November, makes it likely that abortions all the way up to birth will continue with no restrictions in California.  Does this change your stance on Proposition 1?

25% yes

62% no

12% not sure

If a candidate supports California’s Proposition 1, would you be more likely, or less likely to support them?

28% much more likely

21% somewhat more likely

13% somewhat less likely

27% much less likely

11% not sure

If California’s Proposition 1 omitted the right to have an abortion in the third trimester, would you be much more likely, somewhat more likely, somewhat less likely, or much less likely to support it?

16% much more likely

25% somewhat more likely

17% somewhat less likely

24% much less likely

18% not sure


Are California’s abortion laws more restrictive, less restrictive, or about the same as the rest of the country?


10% more restrictive

69% less restrictive

12% about the same

10% not sure


California currently allows late-term abortions.  Are California’s abortion laws extreme?


45% yes

44% no

12% not sure


NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence