margin of error ±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 permitted."
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 circumstances?"
margin of error ±3 percentage points.
2005: Gallup/CNN/USA Today polls:
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?" Results were:
In their 2005-NOV poll they asked the additional question: "Next, do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals:"
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 ±4 percentage points.
|Legal under any circumstances
|Legal in most circumstances||41%|
|Illegal in all circumstances||21%|
|Undecided, or did not answer||1%|
These results could be interepreted as implying that:
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.||45.5%|
|I believe having an abortion is morally wrong and should be illegal||24.7%|
|Undecided, or did not answer||4.8%|
This is an interesting poll, because it can be quoted by both pro-life and pro-choice groups to support their position:
This is a win-win situation for both groups.
The margin of error is ±3.5 percentage points.
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Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2014-AUG-30
Author: B.A. Robinson
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