April 23, Abortion a More Powerful Issue for Women Public divisions over access to abortion are long-standing, and have changed only slightly over the past two decades. This is virtually unchanged from polling conducted in the early s. While the debate over abortion divides both men and women, women express significantly stronger feelings about the issue, and much more often say this issue could be a factor in their vote. Overall, people who favor further restrictions on abortion are somewhat more likely than those who oppose it to say it is an issue that shapes their voting.
Abortion, the Court and the Public A Pew Research Center Analysis The confirmation hearings for Harriet Miers to become a justice of the Supreme Court will once again highlight a complex web of issues related to abortion, on which she may become the swing vote.
While activists on both sides describe abortion as an issue on which there is no middle ground, decades of polling have shown public opinion on abortion to be anything but black-and-white.
Clearly, Americans believe that no single issue before the court has greater importance. The public has long been strongly supportive of the landmark Roe v.
That is in line with surveys conducted by Pew and the Gallup Organization dating back to Yet opinion on overall access to abortion is highly dependent on the circumstances. Consequently, the results of surveys on this issue can vary widely with subtle differences in wording.
Polling in recent years has shown large majorities favor such measures as mandatory waiting periods, parental and spousal notification, and a prohibition on late-term abortions. Interestingly, there is virtually no gender gap on most abortion questions — about two-thirds of both men and women oppose overturning Roe.
And younger people hold pretty much the same views on abortion as their elders. But younger women those younger than age 50 attach greater personal importance to abortion as an issue than do older women or men.
Between the Extremes A common approach to measuring general attitudes toward abortion is to ask people to place themselves into one of three or four categories of opinion on the issue. Still, every major national survey finds at least a somewhat higher level of support for making abortion available or legal in all cases than for a total ban on the practice.
Despite these differences, most Americans take a middle-ground approach toward access to abortion, regardless of whether or not it is presented as a legal issue. Pew and most other surveys that offer respondents four possible options regarding the availability or legality of abortion find somewhat higher percentages favor the more restrictive of the two middle options.
Getting Specific The public draws clearer distinctions on the acceptability of abortion when specific circumstances are provided. These polls suggest that the public is strongly supportive of abortion when the physical or psychological health of the mother may be endangered by pregnancy, or when the pregnancy came as a result of rape or incest.
By contrast, most Americans disapprove of abortion when the circumstances relate to economics, life choices or a personal preference not to have a child.
There is majority disapproval for abortions arising from economic hardship or because the mother is not married and does not want the baby.
As seen above, there is broad disapproval of abortion in the latter stages of pregnancy, and this is reflected in support for proposals aimed at outlawing the practice.
InPresident Bush signed into law a measure to ban late-term abortions, but it has faced court challenges and has yet to be enforced. However, other surveys that raised possible health exceptions more directly found greater differences of opinion on this issue.
The public is unambiguous in its support for laws requiring that minors seek the consent of a parent before getting an abortion. See Table 5 Significantly, most proposals that place limits on abortion draw broad support.
That is very much in keeping with the desire of most Americans to limit the frequency of abortion. See Table 6 Roe v. Wade decision are fairly clear. There is consistently strong support for Roe and equally widespread opposition to its repeal. In this case, differences in question wording appear to have little effect.
Other surveys that ask simply whether Roe should be upheld, or allowed to stand, get similar results. And beyond supporting the Roe precedent, the public agrees with the substance of the decision: Recent polls also show that most Americans believe it is important for appointees to the Supreme Court to reveal their positions on abortion.Abortion is the ending of pregnancy due to removing an embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus.
An abortion that occurs spontaneously is also known as a miscarriage. When deliberate steps are taken to end a pregnancy. Abortion, the Court and the Public. A Pew Research Center Analysis.
The confirmation hearings for Harriet Miers to become a justice of the Supreme Court will once again highlight a complex web of issues related to abortion, on which she may become the swing vote. A Pew survey last year showed that 57 percent of Americans support legal abortion, while 40 percent believe it should be illegal in most or all cases.
A Pew Religious Landscape Study found that evangelicals tend to oppose legal abortion while people in mainline Protestant churches, as well as Jews, atheists, and agnostics, tend to support it.
Race, immigration, same-sex marriage, abortion, global warming, gun policy, marijuana legalization Majorities in all generations say the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites, reflecting a public shift in these views in recent years.
The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes survey asked 40, respondents in 40 countries what they thought about eight topics often discussed as moral issues: extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol consumption, divorce, and the use of contraceptives.
1 For each issue, respondents were asked whether this is morally acceptable, morally.
Claim: "I do understand, but I also understand that you know, [abortion is] a 50/50 question in this country. I think [Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh] is going to be confirmed and someday in th Needs Context. I could not find the exact wording at Pew Research, so I went elsewhere and found it: “In the Roe versus Wade decision established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, at least. Polls by Kaiser, Pew, Reuters, Politico, and Gallup found that an overwhelming majority of Americans think that access to abortion — at the least under certain circumstances — should not be.
A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that most mainline Christian churches and many denominations agree that abortion should be legal “in all or most cases,” with the Unitarian.