Trends in Abortion Attitudes: From Roe to Dobbs

Barbara Norrander, Clyde Wilcox

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American public opinion on abortion has been investigated a multitude of times since the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. In this trends article, we review public attitudes in five areas: (1) support or opposition to Roe v. Wade, (2) basic attitudes toward abortion, (3) attitudes toward abortion under different conditions, (4) attachments to the pro-choice versus pro-life labels, and (5) abortion attitudes in the 50 states. Initial public reaction to the 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision overturning Roe is also covered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-458
Number of pages32
JournalPublic Opinion Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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