The Silver State an Unlikely Birthplace for another “Texas Heartbeat Act”
PHOENIX (October 22nd, 2021)- Discussion surrounding the hot topic of abortion has been buzzing in the US since the “Texas Heartbeat Act” came into effect as law in September, amplifying the decades-long debate across state lines. Recent public opinion polling by OH Predictive Insights (OHPI) finds that the attitudes of Nevada voters are similar to those of Arizona voters when it comes to abortion issues. According to OHPI’s latest Nevada Public Opinion Pulse (NVPOP) survey, most Nevada voters lean pro-choice (69%) over pro-life (31%).
The NVPOP is a statewide survey that provides regular updates on the moods, perceptions, and opinions of Nevadans on hot topics facing the state. This NVPOP was conducted October 5th – October 12th, 2021 and surveyed 770 registered voters in Nevada, giving the survey a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.
Among Nevada voters, the groups that make up meaningful shares of pro-life supporters include self-identified conservatives (47%), Republicans (46%), and Hispanic/Latinos (42%). While these groups are driving forces behind the coalition of pro-lifers within Nevada’s electorate, it is worth noting that more than half of each group above identifies as pro-choice.
Only one-quarter of pro-lifers in Nevada say abortion should be illegal in all cases (26%). The majority of this group overwhelmingly believes that abortion should be legal in certain circumstances (62%).
“Similar to the sentiment seen in Arizona regarding abortion, pro-lifers in Nevada lean moderate in terms of their abortion stances,” said Mike Noble, OHPI Chief of Research. “The data from this survey tells us that in Nevada, pro-life is not necessarily synonymous with anti-abortion.”
The survey found that half (49%) of Nevada voters disapprove of the “Texas Heartbeat Act,” including 35% who strongly disapprove. One-third (35%) of Nevada voters approve of the law.
Context: The “Texas Heartbeat Act” signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott prohibits Texas abortion procedures once cardiac activity in the embryo is detected - as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. This bill permits private citizens – even non-Texas residents – to sue abortion providers, staff, or anyone involved in the transportation to get an abortion.
Parents of children under 18 years old are more supportive of the “Texas Heartbeat Act” (45% approve, 39% disapprove) than parents of adult children (31% approve, 53% disapprove) and non-parents (31% approve, 52% disapprove).
Methodology: This poll was conducted as an online opt-in panel survey. The survey was completed by OH Predictive Insights from October 5th to October 12th, 2021, from a Nevada Statewide Registered Voter sample. The sample demographics were weighted to accurately reflect the registered voter population by gender, region, age, party affiliation, ethnicity, and education according to a recent voter file derived from the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office and recent Census data. The sample size was 770 registered voters in Nevada, with a MoE of ± 3.5%. Numbers may not equal 100% due to rounding.
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