Most Georgians oppose overturning Roe v. Wade but are more open to placing some restrictions on abortion, according to recent polling.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution regularly polls Georgia voters and asked about abortion when it was on the U.S. Supreme Court agenda and as state lawmakers were considering a bill to significantly curtail the procedure in 2019. In January, 24% of registered voters said they wanted the Supreme Court to overturn the decision, with 68% opposed. In 2019, 24% also said the decision should be overturned, with 70% saying it should remain. The margin of error on both polls was between 3 and 4 percentage points.
Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill in 2019 that bans all abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape and incest that are reported to authorities. In January, 54% of voters opposed allowing the law to go into effect, compared with 38% supporting it. Three years earlier, the numbers were tighter. Before Kemp signed the bill into law, about 49% said they opposed it, with 45% indicating their support.
While the extremes often are the loudest in the debate about abortion, most Georgians see gray area. A majority in 2019 did say the procedure should be legal in most or all cases.