A new national survey by ScottRasmussen.com shows that just 15% of Americans say abortion should be legal at any point of a pregnancy, 48% say it should only be legal in the first three months, and 27% say it should never be legal at all.
Fewer women than men support abortion at any time in a pregnancy, with 12% of females saying it should be allowed at any time compared to 18% of males.
Neither major political party has anything close to a majority of its voters supporting abortion at any point of a pregnancy. Only 22% of Democratic voters say they support such an idea, compared to just 8% of Republican voters who agree (see crosstab results).
There is a significant difference when voters are asked about a situation when the life of the mother is at risk. In that case, 45% say abortion should be legal at any point in the pregnancy while just 15% say abortion should still never be allowed even in such circumstances. Here, there is a wider partisan divide, with 51% of Democrats supporting abortions at any point when a mother’s life is at risk, compared to 34% of Republicans who agree.
Eighty-percent (80%) of Americans say abortion should be legal at least some of the time, down from the 85% who held that view last September. That 80% is made up of 33% of voters who say abortion should always be legal and 47% who say it should be legal some of the time. Among those voters who say abortion should be legal some of the time, 62% say it should only be legal in rare circumstances.
Overall, 49% of voters say they are Pro-Choice compared to 38% who say they are Pro-Life. Those numbers are virtually unchanged since September.
Abortion rights and laws are back in the national focus this month as New York state recently passed a law that allows women to get abortions after 24 weeks if their life or health is threatened. It also permits women to have an abortion at any time if the fetus isn’t viable. Virginia is also considering a similar measure. And in his recent State of the Union Address, President Trump denounced these measures.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 1-2, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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