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South Dakotans are split on abortion but majority support exceptions

The fall of Roe v. Wade over the summer has made abortion an unexpected factor in the 2022 midterm elections.

While the issue isn’t directly on the ballot for South Dakota voters, the South Dakota State University poll still asked voters about the topic now that a trigger ban on abortion is in effect in South Dakota. Director of the SDSU Poll, David Wiltse, was not surprised by the results. “Our poll shows that South Dakotans are very evenly divided on kind of the question of what the pre-Dobbs status quo was where abortion was freely available throughout most of the country during that first trimester,” Wiltse said.

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