2005-JAN: Los Angeles Times Poll:
This was taken on 2005-JAN-14 to 18. They asked 1,118 randomly selected
American adults the question: "Which comes closest to your view on abortion:
abortion should always be legal, or should be legal most of the time, or should
be made illegal except in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother's life,
or abortion should be made illegal without any exceptions?"
||41% favored making abortion illegal with a few exceptions.
||24% favored making abortion always legal
||19% favored making abortion legal most of the time.
||12% favored making abortion totally illegal.
margin of error ¬~+mn~3% percentage points. It is
notable that 12% of American adults would totally prohibit all abortions,
including those needed to save the life of the mother.
2005-MAR: CBS News Poll:
This was taken on 2005-MAR-21 & 22. They asked 737 randomly selected American
adults the question: "Which of these comes closest to your view? Abortion
should be generally available to those who want it. OR, Abortion should be
available, but under stricter limits than it is now. OR, Abortion should not be
||37% favor stricter limits. This is a decrease of one percentage point
from a similar poll on 2003-JAN.
||35% favor general availability. This is a decrease of 4 percentage
||25% favor no abortion access. This is a decrease of one percentage
margin of error ¬~+mn~4 percentage points.
2005-MAR: CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll:
This was taken on 2005-MAR-21 to 23. They asked 1,001 randomly selected
American adults the question: "Do you think abortions should be legal under
any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all
||55% responded sometimes legal. This is an increase of 1 percentage point
from a similar poll in 1975
||23% always legal; this is an increase of 2 percentage points.
||20% always illegal; this is reduction of 2 percentage points.
margin of error ¬~+mn~3 percentage points.
A series of polls were taken of American adults during May, June and
November, 2005. 2 They seem
to show a significant shift in the pro-choice direction: First, they asked the
question: "Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances,
legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?"
|Legal under any circumstances
|Legal under most circumstances
|Legal only under certain circumstances
|Illegal in all circumstances
|No opinion/no response
In their 2005-NOV poll they asked the additional question: "Next, do you
favor or oppose each of the following proposals:"
|A law requiring women under 18 to get parental consent
for any abortion
|A law requiring that the husband of a married woman be
notified if she decides to have an abortion
|A constitutional amendment to ban abortion in all
circumstances, except when necessary to save the life of the mother
We have a vague hunch that the shift in support for and against abortion
access was indirectly caused by President Bush's nomination of two new conservative Supreme
Court justices. For the first time in over three decades, the possibility of
re-criminalization of abortion has become real, and American adults might be
seriously thinking about the future.
The margin of error is ¬~+mn~4 percentage points.
2011-SEP-10: CNN/ORC International poll:
ORC International conducted a survey among 1,038 adult Americans of whom 943 were registered voters, calling both landlines and cell phones.
The question asked was:
"Do you think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, legal under only certain
circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?
If the individual answered ""only certain circumstances" an additional question was asked:
"Do you think abortion should be legal in most circumstances or only a few circumstances?" 3
Legal under any circumstances
|Legal in most circumstances
|Illegal in all circumstances
|Undecided, or did not answer
These results could be interepreted as implying that:
- 25% of American adults are strongly pro-choice.
- 21% are strongly pro-life.
- 41% take an intermediate position.
2014-AUG-10: NARAL Pro-choice America's national survey:
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner conducted the poll. They asked a question of 800 registered voters:
"I am going read you some statements about the issue of abortion, and please tell me which one comes closest to your own view:" 4
|I believe having an abortion is morally acceptable and should be legal
|I am personally against abortion for myself and my family, but I don't believe government should prevent a woman from making that decision for herself.
|I believe having an abortion is morally wrong and should be illegal
|Undecided, or did not answer
This is an interesting poll, because it can be quoted by both pro-life and pro-choice groups to support their position:
- Pro-life groups can claim correctly that 70.2% of American adults are personally opposed to abortion. That is, they may be considered pro-life!
- Pro-choice groups can claim correctly that 68.7% of American adults believe that women should have the freedom to choose abortion without government restrictions. That is, they may be considered are pro-choice!
This is a win-win situation for both groups.
Unfortunately, they did not ask the voters how the stage in the woman's pregnancy affected their beliefs. For example:
Viability: At about 22 weeks gestation, a fetus might possibly be viable -- able to live outside her or his mother's body. James Elgin Gill is the youngest human fetus to survive. He was born at the Children's Hosplital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Canada during 1988. His gestational age was 21 weeks and 5 days. He is now healthy and in college. If a fetus is viable, a person might change their opinion about abortion access.
The margin of error is ¬~+mn~3.5 percentage points.
- "Abortion and birth control," PollingReport.com, at: http://www.pollingreport.com/
- "Little change in U.S. abortion opinions," Angus Reid Consultants, 2005-DEC-03,
"CNN/ORC Poll." CNN, 2011-SEP-15, at: http://i2.cdn.turner.com/
Steven Ertelt, "Pro-Abortion Group‚s Own Poll Finds Just 23% of Americans Say Abortion‚s Morally Okay
," Life News, 2014-AUG-18, at: http://www.lifenews.com/
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Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2014-AUG-30
Author: B.A. Robinson