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Abortion Opinion Polling

Most Saskatchewan residents oppose the United States Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2022, 10:30 AM (-6 GMT)

A new independent poll conducted by Insightrix Research, Inc. shows a sizeable majority of Saskatchewan residents (77%) oppose the United States Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and no longer provide a federal constitutional right to an abortion. Many residents feel strongly about this decision, with two thirds (66%) strongly opposing it.

Opposition of the Roe v. Wade decision is high across demographic groups: more than two thirds of residents of each gender, region and religious belief oppose the ruling.

Half of Saskatchewan residents believe women should have the right to an abortion under any circumstance. This view is most common among younger residents. Very few believe women should have the right to an abortion under no circumstances.

Based on the Roe v. Wade decision, many Saskatchewan residents believe it is likely that more laws in the United States could be reversed and access to contraception may be restricted. Relatively few believe it is likely that abortions may become restricted or banned in Canada. 

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Research Details

A total of 801 randomly selected SaskWatch Research® panel members participated in the online research study between June 29 and July 2, 2022. Quotas were set by age, gender and region to match the general population of the province and as such the data did not need to be weighted. 

Since the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample; therefore, margins of error are not applicable.  However, the margin of error can be estimated to be ±3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20 for questions answered by all respondents. 

About SaskWatch Research®

Insightrix began developing its SaskWatch Research online market research panel in 2007, using high quality techniques including telephone recruitment and referrals from existing panel members. Presently, there are over 20,000 active panel members representing all regions of the province and distributions of the general population. For more information, please visit http://saskwatch.ca.

 

About Insightrix

Insightrix is a dynamic, Saskatchewan-based, full-service market research company. It serves businesses and government entities with insights-driven research solutions, and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools and senior-level expertise across a broad range of industries. Insightrix is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. For complete details visit:  https://insightrix.com/market-research-industry-blog/.

For more information, please contact:

Brandon Bellows
Research Manager
Insightrix Research Inc.
Tel: 306-657-5640 ext. 236
Email: brandon.bellows@insightrix.com
Web: www.insightrix.com

 

Insightrix Research Inc. (Insightrix) is a member of the Canadian Research Insights Council (CRIC) and confirms that this research fully complies with all CRIC Standards including the CRIC Public Opinion Research Standards and Disclosure Requirements (https://www.canadianresearchinsightscouncil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/CRIC-Public-Opinion-Research-Standards-and-Disclosure-Requirements-1.pdf)

Survey questions:

The purpose of this survey is to collect feedback on the issue of abortion. If answering questions about this topic makes you uncomfortable, feel free to select “I do not want to fill this survey out” and we will not send messages asking for your participation in this study again.

Proceed to survey
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What are the first three digits of your postal code?

Textbox

Into which of the following age ranges do you fall?

18 to 34
35 to 54
55+

What is your gender?

Male
Female
Non-binary
Other: ___________

What first comes to mind when you think about the United States Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, thereby no longer providing a federal constitutional right to an abortion?

Textbox
No comment

Do you support or oppose the United States Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and no longer provide a federal constitutional right to an abortion?

Strongly support
Somewhat support
Somewhat oppose
Strongly oppose
Prefer not to say

Based on this decision, how likely do you think it is that…

[randomize order]
More laws could be reversed in the United States, such as same-sex or interracial marriages
Abortions may become restricted or banned in Canada
Access to certain contraception will be restricted in the US

Very likely
Somewhat likely
Not that likely
Not likely at all
Not sure
Prefer not to say

Broadly speaking, which of the following describes your views on abortion?

[randomize order]
Pro-life
Pro-choice
Not sure
Prefer not to say

Do you think abortions should be a right afforded to women…

Under any circumstance
Under most circumstances
Only in a few circumstances
In no circumstances
Prefer not to say

Which of the following aligns with your religion or belief systems?

[randomize order]
Catholic
Non-Catholic Christian
Hindu
Muslim
Buddhist
Another religion or spiritual beliefs not listed above
Agnostic
Atheist
Spiritual but not religious
Not religious/spiritual
Prefer not to say

If a provincial election were held today, which party would you vote for?

[randomize order]
SaskParty
NDP NPD
Liberal
Another party
Not sure
Prefer not to say

If a federal election were held today, which party would you vote for?

[randomize order]
Conservative Party
NDP NPD
Liberal
Green Party
Another party
Not sure
Prefer not to say

Finally, we have some questions to help analyze your responses. Please be assured your answers will remain confidential and only be used in aggregate with other responses.

Do you have children under the age of 18 living in your household?

Yes
No
Prefer not to say

Are you an Indigenous person that is First Nations, Métis, or Inuit?

Yes
No
Prefer not to say

Have you moved to Canada within the past five years?

Yes
No
Prefer not to say

What is the highest level of education you have achieved?

Some high school
Completed high school
Some technical school or college
Completed technical or college diploma
Some university
Completed university degree (Undergrad, Masters or PhD)
Prefer not to say

What is your annual household income before taxes and deductions?

Less than $30,000
$30,000 to just under $60,000
$60,000 to just under $90,000
$90,000 to just under $120,000
$120,000 to just under $150,000
$150,000 or more
Prefer not to say