Nation Remains Divided Over Abortion

Fifty percent (50%) of voters nationwide believe that abortion should be legal either all the time or nearly all the time. A 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 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.

Data released earlier showed that 31% of voters incorrectly believe that abortion will be illegal in the United States if the Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

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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