Americans split on whether filibuster should be able to block abortion legislation

A new YouGov poll, conducted June 27 – 30, indicates that Americans are split on the Senate’s current filibuster rule. About one-third (36%) oppose it, while 34% support it. About three in 10 adults (29%) are not sure. Americans are also split (41% to 38%) on whether legislation related to abortion should take a 60-vote majority or a 51-vote majority.

About half of Americans (51%) disapprove of Roe v Wade being overturned, with 34% approving — a greater margin for disapproval than was found in the latest Economist/YouGov survey, which began a few days earlier. Fewer are unsure (6%) or say they neither approve nor disapprove (9%) of the Supreme Court ending the constitutional right to abortion. When asked whether Biden and Congress have the power to ensure abortion access for Americans, Americans are much more likely to say that Congress (49%) could do anything as to say President Biden could (29%).

Even if Congress could act, many who believe the legislative branch has that power say it is unlikely to use it. By 45% to 23%, people who believe Congress could ensure abortion access for all Americans say Congress “definitely will not” or is “unlikely” to try to ensure abortion access for all Americans. One-third (32%) of this group say there is a 50% chance of it happening.