DHM Research

Oregonians are pro-choice…with limits

DHM Panel

August 2022

DHM Research surveyed Oregon voters about abortion now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. While nearly two-thirds of voters identify as pro-choice, most also support limiting abortions in the third trimester.

The survey results also shed light on how abortion is affecting the election for governor. We found a significant increase in the percentage of Democrats who say that abortion is the most important factor when deciding which gubernatorial candidate to vote for. In January 2022 – before the Dobbs decision overturning Roe – just 1% of Democrats said abortion was their top issue. Now, it’s 16%. While the election is more than two months away, Tina Kotek likely benefits from this attention as it motivates her Democratic base while taking attention away from other issues, like homelessness and crime.

Chart showing that Oregon voters are 65% pro-choice.