ABC/Beliefnetpoll_abortion

ABC/Beliefnetpoll_abortion


Discussions: Pro-Life  |  Pro-Choice  |  "Stuck in the Middle"

The poll posed the following questions to a random sampling of Americans about their views on abortion.

What Influences Your Abortion Views?
Question: What's had the most influence on your opinion on the issue of abortion--the opinions of your family and friends, things you've seen or read in the news, your education, your personal experience, your religious beliefs, your personal non-religious beliefs, or something else?

Chief Factors in Views on Abortion
  Among Supporters Among Opponents
Religious beliefs 9% 50%
Personal non-religious beliefs 35%19%
Education 22% 9%
Personal experience 10%8%
Things read/seen in the news 8% 3%
Opinions of family and friends 4%4%
Something else 13%6%
Source: ABCNews/Beliefnet Poll


Main Factor in Your Views on Abortion
  Religious Beliefs Other Mention
All adults 27% 73%
Evangelical white Protestants 39%61%
Catholics 28% 72%
Non-evangelical white Protestants 16%84%
Source: ABCNews/Beliefnet Poll
(Sample size of Black Americans too small for statistical accuracy)


Your Thoughts on Legality
Question: Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?

Abortions Should Be ...
  All / mostly legal All / mostly illegal
All adults 52% 43%
Evangelical white Protestants 34%63%
Catholics 55% 43%
Non-evangelical white Protestants 66%33%
Source: ABCNews/Beliefnet Poll
(Sample size of Black Americans too small for statistical accuracy)


Abortions Should Be ...
  Legal, All Cases Legal, Most Cases Illegal, Most Cases Illegal, All Cases
All adults 22% 31% 23% 20%
Evangelical white Protestants 13% 21% 28% 35%
Catholics 25% 30% 25% 19%
Non-evangelical white Protestants 25% 42% 22% 11%
Source: ABCNews/Beliefnet Poll
(Sample size of Black Americans too small for statistical accuracy)


Recent Results

This ABCNews/Beliefnet poll was conducted by telephone June 20-24, 2001, among a random sample of 1,022 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Field work by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa.

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