A solid majority of Americans believe that abortions should be legal in all or most cases, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, with a full 60 percent of the public backing unrestricted access to the procedure.
The last time aborted received such wide support was in 1995, ABC News noted.
As for those who believe the procedure should be illegal in all or most cases, the number is down from 45 percent in 2010 to just 36 percent this year.
Among Democrats, 77 percent support legal abortion, and Independents support access to the procedure at 64 percent. Among Republicans, that number drops to 41 percent.
Interestingly, Republican men are more likely to favor legal access to abortion than Republican women, at 51 percent and 32 percent, respectively.
The opposite holds true for Independents, where 71 percent of women support legal access, compared with 58 percent of men.
For Democrats, men and women “hold similar views on abortion being legal in all or most cases, but with women 14 points more likely to say it should be legal in all cases,” ABC News found.
The results come as several states have passed legislation — some of which have been stayed by the courts — that would further restrict or essentially eliminate access to the healthcare procedure.