Fifty percent (50%) of voters nationwide believe that abortion should be legal either all the time or nearly all the time. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters found that another 50% believe abortion should be legal in only rare circumstances or never.
Those figures include 32% who believe abortion should always be legal and 21% who believe it should never be legal (see question wording and crosstabs).
Among those who talk politics on a daily basis, 52% believe that abortion should always be legal. As for those who rarely or never talk politics, just 28% hold that view.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) say it is too easy to get an abortion in America while 16% believe it is too hard. Twenty-two percent (22%) think its about right and 22% are not sure.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 9-10, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
Moving beyond the legal issues, half of the survey participants were asked if abortion is morally wrong most of the time. Sixty-three percent said yes. The other half were asked if abortion is morally right most of the time. Thirty-four percent (34%) said that it was.
Democrats are divided on this point. Forty-five percent (45%) believe abortion is morally wrong most of the time while 43% believe it is morally right. Republicans overwhelmingly tend to believe it is morally wrong most of the time. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Independents view most abortions as morally wrong while 42% say most are morally right (NOTE: Totals don’t add to 100% because these results came from different questions asked of different respondents).
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