Roe at 40, in 2 Charts


The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has new polling data out about Roe v. Wade ahead of the decision’s 40th anniversary next week. Here are two charts that say quite a bit.

The first shows public support for the decision. I’ve heard, again and again, that the pro-Roe crowd is “losing.” (Look no further than the cover of the new issue of Time for the latest example.) But support for the decision has held pretty firm, Pew found:

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Millennials, meanwhile, apparently think “Roe” is something you do in a boat. Less than half of them could correctly identify it as a case dealing with abortion rights:

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

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