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Poll: Support For Legal Abortion Hits Two-Decade High

Mary Margaret Olohan on July 10, 2019

Support for legal abortion has reached a two-decade high, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that 60 percent of those polled believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. The majority show of support for abortion ties a record-high level of abortion support in 1995.

WaPo and ABC News conducted the poll by telephone between June 28 and July 1. The poll surveyed a random sample of 1,008 adults nation wide with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

65 percent of those surveyed were reached on cellphones and 35 percent were reached on landlines, according to the poll.

The survey also found that 36 percent of those polled say that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases – a record low number.

The poll posed the question, “Should your state make it (easier) for women to have access to abortion, make it (harder) for women to have access to abortion, or leave the law on women’s access to abortion as it is now?” Forty-one percent of those polled chose the option “leave as it is now,” while 32 percent said that states should make it easier for women to obtain abortions. Twenty-four percent said states should make it harder.

Those polled were also asked how important abortion would be to them when they cast their vote in the 2020 presidential elections. Forty-seven percent said this issue was “very important” to them, 28 percent said it was “somewhat important,” and 10 percent said it was “less important.”

A May Gallup poll found the majority of Americans want restrictions on abortion. The poll also noted that American’s perception of themselves as pro-life or pro-choice can depend on survey context.

Fifty-three percent of U.S. adults want abortion to be legal “only under certain circumstances,” the Gallup poll found. The poll also said that 25 percent of Americans want abortion with no restrictions and 21 percent of Americans think abortion should be completely illegal.

Though the poll found that the majority of Americans want restrictions on abortion, the poll also revealed that 60 percent of Americans oppose fetal heartbeat laws.

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  • These not responsible for their self go out out fornicate then KILL the baby and do it again,I myself don't want to pay for their sin then pay for killing of a beautiful baby.

  • To be in favor of legal abortion is NOT the same as favoring having an abortion. The decision to have an abortion is deeply personal and is seldom swayed by legal concerns. If a person does not believe in abortion, she will not have an abortion no matter what the law is. Anyone desperate for an abortion, will have an abortion no matter what the law is.

    There were 100,000's of abortions annually before Roe V Wade, all under the table and in dangerous conditions, many either killing the woman or maiming the fetus resulting in a servery handicapped child. By having legal abortions available these woman can have a safer procedure.

    Just like prohibition did not stop alcohol use, banning abortions will not stop abortions. And just like repealing prohibition did not cause everyone to become alcoholics, legal abortions will not cause woman to start running out to terminate their pregnancies.

  • Isn't it amazing that 65% were contacted by cell phone & 60% have "no issues with abortion" (probably millenials who grew up being told abortion is ok) while 35% were contacted by landline & 41% weren't "impressed" with abortion (btw statistics can be made to demonstrate/prove whatever the poll creator wants it to show). Abortion is murder plain & simple, the baby (fetus if you will) has a different DNA & a different blood type from the mother making it a unique individual with the right to life. If you don't want a baby use a birth control method ie condoms, pill, abstinence etc because abortion is NOT birth control.

  • It's NOT about the woman's body! It's the baby's body! Keep yer damn legs closed, use condoms or other birth control!

  • Sad that people think they have been given the universal authority to save or take life away.

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