85% Believe Abortion Should Be Legal At Least Some of the Time, but 59% Believe It’s Morally Wrong Most of the Time

More Americans of all ages and ethnic groups consider themselves pro-choice than pro-life. But a majority of Americans still believe abortion is morally wrong most of the time.

A ScottRasmussen.com  survey found that 48% of voters consider themselves pro-choice and 37% put themselves in the pro-life category.

Additionally, 85% of respondents said abortion should be legal at least some of the time. That total includes 52% who believe it should be legal all or most of the time and 33% who believe abortion should be legal only in rare circumstances. Fifteen percent (15%) believe it should never be legal.

At the same time, 59% believe that abortion is morally wrong most of the time. That view is held consistently across age and ethnic lines. For this question, half the sample was asked if abortion was morally wrong most of the time and half was asked if it’s morally right most of the time (see question wording and crosstab results).

Throughout the survey, there were no significant differences between men and women when it came to their outlook on abortion.

Among all voters, 39% of voters believe it is too easy to get an abortion while 16% say it is too hard. Twenty-three percent (23%) say the level of access is about right while 22% are not sure.

The survey was conducted for ScottRasmussen.com on September 20-21, 2018 by HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. It is presented to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (Read About Us and review all of our recent data releases).

The future of Roe v. Wade has been in the spotlight lately with the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Many Democrats are warning that confirming Kavanaugh would almost surely lead to Roe v. Wade being overturned. Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters mistakenly believe that abortion would become totally illegal if Roe v. Wade were overturned. That’s little changed since before the Kavanaugh confirmation process began.

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