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Majority of voters back New Mexico law protecting access to abortion

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A survey commissioned by NM Policy Report found that a majority of voters support abortion rights, including an abortion-rights-protecting law recently passed by the state legislature, and are also on the verge of endorsing the draw in the permanent fund of massive state land subsidies for the financing of education.

Abortion rights could be front and center in midterm elections as US Supreme Court looks set to oust landmark Roe vs. Wade decision this summer.

When asked in the poll conducted by Public Policy Polling whether abortion should still be legal; legal with certain limitations; illegal except in case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother; or always illegal, a majority said it should be legal (with 30% saying always, 25% saying legal with limitations). Only 13% said it should always be illegal and 29% said it should be illegal except for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

Asked about the new state law that would allow abortion to remain legal in New Mexico regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, 53% said they support the newly enacted law and 36% said they were against it.

Women are more likely to support abortion rights, with 62% supporting the New Mexico law and 29% reporting opposition. Among men, 43% support the law and 44% oppose it.

On the question of whether abortion should be legal, 36% of women said always and 26% said with some restrictions, while 21% said it should be illegal except in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life and 13% said it was illegal in any case. case. Among men, only 23% said it should always be legal, and 23% said it should be legal with restrictions, while 37% said it should be illegal except for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother and 14% said it should always be illegal.

Hispanics or Latinos were also more likely to support New Mexico’s law keeping abortion legal, with 62% supporting and 27% opposing. Among white voters, 46% supported and 44% opposed, while among other ethnicities, 59% supported and 26% opposed.

Permanent Land Grant Fund

The proposed constitutional amendment to operate the permanent land grant fund received the support of more than 60% of voters. When asked if they supported the proposal to allocate an additional 1.25% of the Permanent Land Grant Fund to early childhood education and public school funding, 61% said they would support, while 26% said they would oppose it.

Many New Mexico Democrats have pushed for such an amendment for years, but it has always been bottled up in the Senate Finance Committee (and in one case in the State House when held by Republicans). ).

Voters will decide whether to approve the amendment and two others (one regarding the authorization of funds for residential services and infrastructure and another regarding the election of judges) this fall.

The poll of 642 New Mexico voters was conducted June 13-14. Public Policy Polling called landlines and texted those who didn’t have one. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9% for the main questions, while the sub-populations will have larger margins of error.