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CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 4, 2014. N=1,344 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"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."

 
    Generally
available
Available
under
stricter limits
Not
permitted
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

36 34 26 3  
 

2/19-23/14

38 40 21 2  
 

7/18-22/13

37 40 21 2  
 

2/23-27/13

42 31 24 3  
 

9/8-12/12

42 35 20 3  
 

1/12-17/12

37 37 23 4  
 

9/10-15/11

31 42 23 4  
 

12/17-20/10

36 40 20 4  
 

8/20-24/10

36 39 23 2  
 

4/5-12/10

36 38 23 3  
 

11/13-16/09

34 40 23 3  
 

10/5-8/09

41 35 20 4  
 

6/12-16/09

36 41 21 3  
 

9/12-16/08

37 42 19 2  
 

8/15-20/08

34 39 24 3  
 

12/5-9/07

36 43 18 3  
 

9/4-9/07

34 39 25 2  
 

7/9-17/07

41 34 22 3  
 

5/18-23/07

39 37 21 3  
 

3/7-11/07

34 41 23 2  
 

1/20-25/06

38 39 21 2  
 

12/2-6/05

38 39 20 3  
 

4/13-16/05

36 38 24 2  
 

3/21-22/05

35 37 25 3  
 

2/24-28/05

35 40 23 2  
 

1/14-18/05

36 35 26 3  
 

11/04

34 44 21 1  
 

7/04

34 42 22 2  
 

1/03

39 38 22 1  

 

CBS News Poll. March 20-23, 2014. N=1,097 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think religious-affiliated organizations should have to cover the cost of prescription birth control for their female employees as part of their health insurance plans, or should religious-affiliated organizations be able to opt out of covering that, based on religious objections?"

 
    Should have
to cover
Should be
able to opt out
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/20-23/14

35 57 8    
             

"What about companies and non-religious organizations? Do you think these employers should have to cover the cost of prescription birth control for their female employees as part of their health insurance plans, or should these employers be able to opt out of covering that, based on religious objections?"

 
    Should have
to cover
Should be
able to opt out
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

3/20-23/14

51 42 7    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). March 5-9, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Now, thinking about something else for a moment: Under the new health care law, health insurance plans are required to cover preventive health services, including prescription birth control. Religious organizations are exempt from the requirement that their health plans cover prescription birth control. Do you think other employers who object to birth control and other contraceptives on religious grounds should or should not be exempt from the requirement that their health plans cover prescription birth control?"

 
    Should
be exempt
Should not
be exempt
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/5-9/14

41 53 6    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?"

 
    Always
legal
Sometimes
legal
Always
illegal
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

27 51 20 1  
 

5/17-18/13

25 54 20 1  
 

8/22-23/12

35 47 15 2  
             

"Do you think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, legal under only certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?" If "legal under only certain circumstances": "Do you think abortion should be legal in most circumstances or only a few circumstances?" Combined responses

 
    Always
legal
Legal in most
circumstances
Legal in a few
circumstances
Always
illegal
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

27 13 38 20 2
 

5/17-18/13

25 11 42 20 2
 

8/22-23/12

35 9 37 15 3
             

"Generally speaking, are you in favor of using public funds for abortions when the woman cannot afford it, or are you opposed to that?"

 
    Favor Oppose Indifferent
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

39 56 3 2  
 

4/9-10/11

35 61 3 1  
 

11/13-15/09

37 61 2 1  
             

"Now thinking specifically about women who receive government subsidies to purchase health insurance, do you think those women should or should not be allowed to get a health insurance plan that covers abortion services?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

49 49 3    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 28-31, 2013. N=1,468 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?"

 
    Legal in
all cases
Legal in
most cases
Illegal in
most cases
Illegal in
all cases
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/28-31/13

20 38 25 12 5
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

24 32 25 14 6
 

2/14-20/12

22 33 25 14 6
 

4/14-19/10

18 33 27 16 6
 

1/5-11/10

18 34 24 18 5
 

4/21-27/09

15 37 27 14 7
 

7/8-13/08

19 38 24 14 5
 

8/7-13/07

21 36 24 13 6
 

4/25 - 5/1/07

17 37 26 13 7
 

11/28 - 12/4/05

19 38 25 14 4
 

7/21-25/05

20 37 24 12 7
 

5/18-23/05

18 37 27 14 5
 

3/2-7/05

19 35 24 15 6
 

12/7-12/04

16 41 26 13 5
 

7/04

18 35 27 13 6
 

5/04

20 35 26 14 6
             

"The U.S. Supreme Court has said abortion is legal without restriction in about the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some states have passed laws reducing this to 20 weeks. If it has to be one or the other, would you rather have abortions legal without restriction up to 20 weeks, or up to 24 weeks?"

 
    Up to 20
weeks
Up to 24
weeks
Never
legal (vol.)
Always
legal (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/28-31/13

55 30 7 1 7

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. June 20-23, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"As you may know, the House of Representatives recently approved legislation that would ban virtually all abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape and incest that are reported to authorities. Supporters say the legislation is necessary because they believe a fetus can feel pain at that point of the pregnancy. Opponents say it undermines the right to abortion that the U.S. Supreme Court established in 1973. Would you support or oppose such legislation?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/20-23/13

48 44 8    

 

Gallup Poll. May 2-7, 2013. N=1,535 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?"

 
    Always
legal
Sometimes
legal
Always
illegal
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/2-7/13

26 52 20 2  
 

12/27-30/12

28 52 18 3  
 

5/3-6/12

25 52 20 3  
 

7/15-17/11

26 51 20 3  
 

6/9-12/11

26 52 21 1  
 

5/5-8/11

27 50 22 2  
 

5/3-6/10

24 54 19 3  
 

7/17-19/09

21 57 18 4  
 

5/7-10/09

22 53 23 2  
 

5/8-11/08

28 54 17 2  
 

5/10-13/07

26 55 18 1  
 

5/8-11/06

30 53 15 2  
 

11/11-13/05

26 56 16 2  
 

6/24-26/05

24 55 20 1  
 

5/2-5/05

23 53 22 2  
 

3/21-23/05

23 55 20 2  
 

5/2-4/04

24 56 19 1  
             

"With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?"

 
    Pro-choice Pro-life Neither/
Mixed (vol.)
Don't know
what terms
mean (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/2-7/13

45 48 3 3 2
 

12/27-30/12

48 44 3 4 1
 

5/3-6/12

41 50 4 3 3
 

7/15-17/11

47 47 2 3 1
 

6/9-12/11

46 48 2 3 2
 

5/5-8/11

49 45 3 2 2
 

5/3-6/10

45 47 2 4 3
 

7/17-19/09

46 47 3 2 2
 

5/7-10/09

42 51 2 4 1
 

5/8-11/08

50 44 1 2 2
 

5/10-13/07

49 45 3 2 2
 

5/8-11/06

51 41 4 2 3
 

5/2-5/05

48 44 3 3 2
 

5/2-4/04

49 44 2 3 2
 

10/24-26/03

48 45 3 3 1
 

5/5-7/03

48 45 2 4 1
 

5/6-9/02

47 46 3 3 1
 

8/10-12/01

46 46 3 3 2
 

5/10-14/01

48 42 4 4 2
 

3/26-28/01

47 41 4 6 2
             

"What is your impression of how most Americans feel about abortion? Do you think most Americans are pro-choice or pro-life?"

 
    Most are
pro-choice
Most are
pro-life
Neither/
Mixed (vol.)
Don't know
what terms
mean (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/2-7/13

51 35 7 2 5

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). April 5-8, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Which comes closest to your view on abortion: abortion should always be legal; should be legal most of the time; 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?"

 
    Always
legal
Legal most
of the time
Illegal except
rape, incest,
mother's life
Illegal
without
exceptions
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/5-8/13

26 19 42 10 3
 

1/12-15/13

31 23 35 9 2
 

9/6-8/08

25 24 37 10 4

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Feb. 27-March 4, 2013. N=497 adult Catholics nationwide. Margin of error 4.4.

             

"As you may know, in 2012, President Obama announced a new policy on health insurance and birth control. Under the rule, if a religious-based institution, such as a Catholic hospital or university, objects to providing birth control coverage to its workers, its insurance company must pay for the coverage instead. Do you support or oppose this requirement?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL Catholics

51 41 8    
 

18-40 years old

58 34 8    
 

41-59

50 43 7    
 

60 & older

43 50 7    

 

Public Religion Research Institute/Brookings Institution. Jan. 28-Feb. 24, 2013. N=4,465 adults nationwide. Margin of error 1.7.

             

"Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?"

 
    Legal in
all cases
Legal in
most cases
Illegal in
most cases
Illegal in
all cases
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/28 - 2/24/13

23 33 24 14 5

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2013. N=1,772 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.3.

             

"In general, do you agree or disagree with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

63 30 7    
 

2/14-20/12

64 31 5    
 

4/14-19/10

60 35 5    
 

7/8-13/08

63 33 5    
 

8/7-13/07

62 32 6    
 

11/28 - 12/4/05

63 32 5    
 

7/21-25/05

65 30 6    
 

5/18-23/05

63 33 5    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 12-15, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove the Roe versus Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision? If you don't know enough about this to have an opinion, please just say so and we'll move on."

 
    Approve Disapprove Don't know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/12-15/13

39 18 41 2  
             

"The Supreme Court's 1973 Roe versus Wade decision established a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Would you like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Roe versus Wade decision, or not?"

 
    Yes,
overturn
No, not
overturn
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/12-15/13

24 70 6    
 

12/9-12/05

30 66 4    
 

7/8-11/05

29 65 6    

 

Pew Research Center. Jan. 9-13, 2013. N=1,502 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Do you personally believe that having an abortion is morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue?"

 
    Morally
acceptable
Morally
wrong
Not a moral
issue
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/9-13/13

13 47 27 9 4
 

2/8-12/12

13 48 25 9 5
 

8/11-17/09

10 52 25 8 4
 

2/06

12 52 23 11 2
             

"The Supreme Court's decision in Roe versus Wade dealt with which of the following issues: abortion, the death penalty, school desegregation, or environmental protection?" Options rotated

 
    Abortion Schools Death
penalty
Environment Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/9-13/13

62 7 5 5 20
             

"In 1973 the Roe versus Wade decision established a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Would you like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Roe versus Wade decision, or not?"

 
    Yes,
overturn
No, not
overturn
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/9-13/13

29 63 7    
 

Republicans

46 48 6    
 

Democrats

20 74 6    
 

Independents

28 64 8    
 
 

11/3-6/05

25 65 9    
 

7/13-17/05

29 65 6    
 

6/8-12/05

30 63 7    
 

1/03

31 62 7    
             

"Do you think the issue of abortion is a critical issue facing the country, one among many important issues, or not that important compared to other issues?"

 
    Critical One of many
important
issues
Not that
important
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

1/9-13/13

18 27 53 2  
 

8/09

15 33 48 3  
 

3/06

28 38 32 2  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 27-30, 2012. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Would you like to see the Supreme Court overturn its 1973 Roe versus Wade decision concerning abortion, or not?"

 
    Yes,
overturn
No, not
overturn
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/27-30/12

29 53 18    
 

5/8-11/08

33 52 15    
 

5/10-13/07

35 53 12    
 

5/8-11/06

32 55 13    
 

1/20-22/06

25 66 9    
 

7/7-10/05

28 63 9    
             

"Thinking more generally: Do you think abortion should generally be legal or generally illegal during each of the following stages of pregnancy? How about [see below]?"

 
    Legal Illegal Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"In the first three months of pregnancy"

 

12/27-30/12

61 31 6 3  
 

6/9-12/11

62 35 2 1  
 

1/10-12/03

66 29 3 2  
 

3/30 - 4/2/00

65 31 2 2  
 

7/25-26/96

64 30 4 2  
             
 

"In the second three months of pregnancy"

 

12/27-30/12

27 64 5 4  
 

6/9-12/11

24 71 3 2  
 

1/10-12/03

25 68 4 3  
 

3/30 - 4/2/00

24 69 4 3  
 

7/25-26/96

26 65 7 2  
             
 

"In the last three months of pregnancy"

 

12/27-30/12

14 80 4 2  
 

6/9-12/11

10 86 2 1  
 

1/10-12/03

10 84 4 2  
 

3/30 - 4/2/00

8 86 3 3  
 

7/25-26/96

13 82 3 2  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Oct. 17-20, 2012. N=1,000 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"On the issue of abortion, would you say you are more likely to vote for a right-to-life candidate, pro-choice candidate, or would it not make much difference on how you might vote?"

 
    Right-to-life
candidate
Pro-choice
candidate
Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/17-20/12

28 40 31 1  
 

3/05

32 35 29 4  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Aug. 22-23, 2012. N=1,055 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Now I am going to read some specific situations under which an abortion might be considered. For each one, please say whether you think abortion should be legal in that situation, or illegal. . . ."

 
    Legal Illegal Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"When the woman's life is endangered"

 

8/22-23/12

88 9 1 2  
             
 

"When the woman's physical health is endangered"

 

8/22-23/12

83 12 2 2  
             
 

"When the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest"

 

ALL

83 14 1 3  
 

Democrats

90 9 1 -  
 

Independents

81 13 1 5  
 

Republicans

76 22 1 1  

 

Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll. July 25-Aug. 5, 2012. N=3,130 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?"

 
    Legal in
all cases
Legal in
most cases
Illegal in
most cases
Illegal in
all cases
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/25 - 8/5/12

19 36 25 17 3
 

3/7-10/12

21 33 25 17 3
 

7/14-17/11

19 35 30 15 2
 

3/23-26/10

17 35 27 18 2
 

11/19-23/09

19 35 28 16 2
 

6/18-21/09

20 35 26 17 2

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). June 3-5, 2012. N=907 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"The new Obama health care law requires that employer health plans provide birth control coverage as part of preventive services for women. Most Catholic and other religious-affiliated hospitals and universities don't do that and are fighting the new requirement in court because they say it violates their religious rights under the Constitution. Overall, who do you believe is right in this situation: the Catholic Church or the government?"

 
    Catholic
Church
Government Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-5/12

41 47 12    

 

Pew Research Center. April 4-15, 2012. N=1,494 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?"

 
    Legal in
all cases
Legal in
most cases
Illegal in
most cases
Illegal in
all cases
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

4/4-15/12

23 31 23 16 7
 

11/9-14/11

20 31 26 17 6
 

9/22 - 10/4/11

19 35 25 16 5
 

2/22 - 3/1/11

18 36 26 16 4
 

7/21 - 8/5/10

17 33 27 17 7
 

8/11-27/09

16 31 27 17 8

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. March 8-11, 2012. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Do you believe birth control should or should not be part of the national political debate?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/8-11/12

20 77 3    
             

"There has been recent controversy over whether education and health care facilities affiliated with religious organizations, such as the Catholic Church, should provide access to birth control through health insurance plans. Which of the following describes your view on this debate? This is a matter of religious liberty. This is a matter of a woman's health and access to birth control." Options rotated

 
    Religious
liberty
A woman's
health
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/8-11/12

33 62 5    

 

Public Religion Research Institute/Religion News Service. March 7-11, 2012. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

   

 

       

"There is currently a debate over what kinds of health care plans employers, including religiously affiliated employers, should be required to provide. Do you think [see below] should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost, or not?"

 
    Should
be required
Should not
be required
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Religiously-affiliated colleges and universities"

 

3/7-11/12

54 42 3 1  
             
 

"Religiously-affiliated hospitals"

 

3/7-11/12

57 38 4 1  
             
 

"Churches and other places of worship"

 

3/7-11/12

42 52 4 1  
             
 

"Privately owned small businesses"

 

3/7-11/12

53 43 3 1  
             
 

"Publicly-held corporations"

 

3/7-11/12

62 33 4 1  
             
 

"Religiously-affiliated social service agencies"

 

3/7-11/12

52 43 3 1  
   

 

       

"I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing methods of birth control to be generally available to teenagers age 16 or older without parental approval?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

3/7-11/12

25 27 20 26 3

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. March 7-11, 2012. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think health insurance plans for all employers should have to cover the full cost of birth control for their female employees, or should employers be allowed to opt out of covering that based on religious or moral objections?"

 
    Should have
to cover
Should be
allowed to
opt out
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-11/12

40 51 3 6  
             

"What about for religiously-affiliated employers, such as a hospital or university? Do you think their health insurance plans should have to cover the full costs of birth control for their female employees, or should they be allowed to opt out of covering that based on religious or moral objections?"

 
    Should have
to cover
Should be
allowed to
opt out
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-11/12

36 57 2 5  
             

"Do you think this issue is more about religious freedom or more about women's health and their rights?"

 
    Religious
freedom
Women's
health and
rights
Both (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-11/12

37 51 6 6  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 7-10, 2012. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you think health insurance companies should or should not be required to cover the full cost of birth control for women?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/7-10/12

61 35 3    
             

"Do you think health insurance companies should or should not be required to cover the full cost of birth control for women?" If should be required: "What if the insurance is provided through an employer who is affiliated with a religious institution that opposes birth control? This could be a religious-affiliated university or hospital, for example. In this case do you think health insurance companies should or should not be required to cover the full cost of birth control for women?" Combined responses.

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/7-10/12

49 46 5    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Feb. 29-March 3, 2012. N=800 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"As you may know, the Obama administration announced a new policy concerning health insurance plans provided by employers and how they handle birth control and contraceptive services. The new policy requires that these services are available as part of the preventative care women would receive. Now, please tell me whether you favor or oppose each of the following, or if you do not have an opinion one way or the other: [Order of next two questions rotated.]

"The federal government requiring employers to offer free birth control coverage as part of their health insurance benefit plans."

 
    Favor Oppose No opinion    
    % % %    
 

2/29 - 3/3/12

53 33 14    
             

"The federal government requiring employers to offer free contraceptive services, including the morning after pill, as part of their health insurance benefit plans."

 
    Favor Oppose No opinion Not sure  
    % % % %  
 

2/29 - 3/3/12

43 43 13 1  
             

"Now, please tell me whether you favor or oppose each of the following, or if you do not have an opinion one way or the other: [Order of next two questions rotated.]

"The federal government requiring health insurance plans for the employees at Catholic and other religiously-affiliated hospitals and colleges to offer free birth control coverage and mandate that the health insurance company pays for that cost."

 
    Favor Oppose No opinion Not sure  
    % % % %  
 

2/29 - 3/3/12

38 45 16 1  
             

"The federal government requiring health insurance plans for the employees at Catholic and other religiously-affiliated hospitals and colleges to offer free contraceptive services, including the morning after pill, and mandate that the health insurance company pays for that cost."

 
    Favor Oppose No opinion Not sure  
    % % % %  
 

2/29 - 3/3/12

34 49 16 1  

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Feb. 23-26, 2012. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.8.

             

"Now I have a few questions about the health care law that Congress passed in 2010. Under this law, employers who provide health insurance are required to cover prenatal testing for pregnant women. Some oppose the mandate because prenatal testing may encourage more abortions. Do you think employers who provide health insurance should or should NOT be required to cover prenatal testing for their employees?"

 
    Should be
required
Should not
be required
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

2/23-26/12

60 30 10    
             

"The health reform law also requires employers providing health insurance for their workers to cover other medical services, such as birth control, free of cost. Some members of Congress have proposed legislation that would allow employers to deny coverage for any medical service that violates the employer's moral convictions or religious beliefs. What about you? Do you support OR oppose this legislation?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

2/23-26/12

40 44 16    
             

"As you may know, President Obama recently announced a new policy on health insurance and birth control. Under the rule, if a religiously-based institution, such as a Catholic hospital or university, objects to providing coverage for its workers for birth control, its insurance company must pay for the coverage instead. What about you? Do you support OR oppose this requirement?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

2/23-26/12

49 40 12    
             

"As you may know, last year the House of Representatives voted to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides a variety of health care services to women such as birth control and breast cancer screening. Some Planned Parenthood clinics perform abortions, though not using federal funds. Do you think Congress should cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, or not?"

 
    Should cut
off funding
Should not Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

2/23-26/12

24 69 8    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Feb. 14-20, 2012. N=2,605 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 1.9.

             

"Do you think that health insurance plans should cover birth control as preventive care for women or not?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/14-20/12

71 24 5    
             

"Do you think the federal government should require private employers to offer free birth control coverage as part of their health insurance benefit plans or not?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/14-20/12

47 48 5    
             

"As you may know, President Obama recently announced an adjustment to the administration's health care rule regarding religiously-affiliated employers providing birth control coverage to female employees. Women will still be guaranteed coverage for birth control without any out-of-pocket cost, but will have to seek the coverage directly from their insurance companies if their employers object to birth control on religious grounds. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's decision?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

54 38 7    
 

Republicans

32 63 6    
 

Democrats

75 18 7    
 

Independents

56 36 8    
             

"Do you think it is wrong or not wrong to use artificial birth control methods, also known as contraceptives?"

 
    Wrong Not wrong Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/14-20/12

12 82 6    
             

"If you agreed with a presidential candidate on other issues, but not on the issue of abortion, do you think you could still vote for that candidate or not?"

 
    Could Could not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/14-20/12

62 29 9    
 

4/25 - 5/1/07

69 22 9    
             

"Is your opinion of Planned Parenthood favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Haven't
heard enough
Refused  
    % % % %  
 

2/14-20/12

55 22 22 1  
             

"Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/14-20/12

31 60 10    
 

2/21-28/11

43 53 5    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Feb. 13-19, 2012. N=1,519 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Overall, which party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job making decisions about insurance coverage of reproductive health care services for women including birth control?" Options rotated

 
    Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/13-19/12

49 32 2 12 5
             

"In general, do you support or oppose the new federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the cost of birth control?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

2/13-19/12

63 33 4    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Feb. 10-13, 2012. N=1,026 adults nationwide (margin of error 3), including 228 Catholics (margin of error 6.5).

             

"As you may know, the Obama administration has announced a new policy concerning health insurance plans provided by employers, including religious organizations, and how they handle birth control and contraceptive services for women. Based on what you have read or heard, do you approve or disapprove of this policy?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

44 50 6    
 

Democrats

70 26 4    
 

Independents

44 47 9    
 

Republicans

12 85 3    
             

"Regardless of how you feel about that policy, do you agree or disagree with this statement? Using artificial means of birth control is wrong."

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

17 81 2    
 

Catholics

22 77 1    
             

Asked of Catholics:
"Do you think Catholics should always obey official Church teachings on such moral issues as birth control and abortion, or do you think it is possible for Catholics to make up their own minds on these issues?"

 
    Always
obey
Make up
own minds
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

Catholics

11 88 1    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 8-13, 2012. N=1,197 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you support or oppose a recent federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control for their female patients?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/8-13/12

66 26 8    
             

"And what about for religiously-affiliated employers, such as a hospital or university? Do you support or oppose a recent federal requirement that their health insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control for their female employees?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/8-13/12

61 31 8    

 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 8-12, 2012. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you personally believe that using contraceptives is morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue?"

 
    Morally
acceptable
Morally
wrong
Not a moral
issue
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/8-12/12

42 8 43 2 6
             

"How much, if anything, have you heard about a proposed federal requirement that religiously-affiliated hospitals and colleges, along with nearly all other employers, cover contraceptives in their employee health care benefits, even if the use of contraceptives conflicts with the religious position of these institutions? Have you heard a lot, a little, or nothing at all about this?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
   
    % % %    
 

2/8-12/12

33 29 38    
             
 

Asked of those who have heard a lot or a little:
"Should religiously-affiliated institutions that object to the use of contraceptives be given an exemption from this rule, or should they be required to cover contraceptives like other employers?"

 
    Given an
exemption
Required
to cover
Other (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/8-12/12

48 44 3 5  

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Feb. 6-9, 2012. N=1,110 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"The new Obama health care law requires that employer health plans provide birth control coverage as part of preventive services for women. Catholic and other religious-affiliated hospitals and universities typically have not provided any birth control coverage for their employees, and oppose the new requirement because it violates their religious rights. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of requiring employer health plans to cover birth control for women?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

61 34 5    
 

Democrats

80 16 4    
 

Republicans

39 57 5    
 

Independents

58 34 8    
 

Men

53 40 7    
 

Women

67 29 4    
 

34 & younger

74 21 5    
 

35-54

62 33 5    
 

55 & older

50 43 6    

 

Public Religion Research Institute. Feb. 1-5, 2012. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Now, as I read some statements, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly DISagree or completely disagree with each one. . . ."

 
    Completely
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Completely
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 
 

"Methods of birth control should be generally available to teenagers age 14 or older without parental approval"

 

2/1-5/12

23 18 19 36 3
             
 

"All employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost"

 

2/1-5/12

27 28 20 20 5
             

"There is currently a debate over what kinds of health care plans some religious organizations should be required to provide. Do you think [see below] should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost, or not?"

 
    Should
be required
Should not
be required
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Religiously-affiliated colleges and hospitals"

 

2/1-5/12

49 46 4 2  
             
 

"Churches and other places of worship"

 

2/1-5/12

36 57 5 2  

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Aug. 10-15, 2011. N=1,201 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you support or oppose the new federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the full cost of birth control and other preventive services for their female patients?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/10-15/11

66 24 10    

 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. June 20-21, 2011. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Here are some constitutional issues that the U.S. Supreme Court has issued rulings on in the past few years. Please tell me if you personally strongly agree with each position, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with each of the following. A woman should have the right to decide to terminate a pregnancy in the first few months of her pregnancy."

 
    Strongly
agree
Somewhat
agree
Somewhat
disagree
Strongly
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/20-21/11

45 19 11 24 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 9-10, 2011. N=824 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"As you may know, the federal government currently provides funding to support some programs run by the organization called Planned Parenthood. Do you think federal funding for Planned Parenthood should be eliminated entirely, or do you think the federal government should continue to provide funding to Planned Parenthood?"

 
    Eliminate
funding
Continue to
provide
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/9-10/11

34 65 1    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 18-19, 2011. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"On the issue of abortion, would you say you are more pro-life or more pro-choice?"

 
    Pro-life Pro-choice Both/Mix
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/18-19/11

50 42 5 3  
 

11/17-18/09

47 44 6 3  
 

5/12-13/09

49 43 6 2  
 

9/8-9/08

41 49 6 4  
 

10/23-24/07

37 48 8 7  
 

5/15-16/07

39 51 8 3  
 

2/13-14/07

40 51 5 4  
 

2/28 - 3/1/06

41 49 7 3  
 

4/25-26/05

42 47 8 3  
 

4/21-22/04

47 44 6 3  
 

7/15-16/03

44 44 6 6  
 

4/22-23/03

41 49 5 5  
 

1/9-10/02

41 47 5 7  
 

1/24-25/01

42 47 7 4  
 

7/12-13/00

38 54 5 3  
 

1/26-27/00

44 43 8 5  
 

6/23-24/99

44 42 9 5  
 

1/7-8/98

46 49 - 5  
 

8/20-21/97

40 50 5 5  

 

Virginia Commonwealth University Life Sciences Survey. May 12-18, 2010. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"Which of these comes closest to your views about abortion? A woman should be able to get an abortion if she decides she wants one no matter what the reason. Abortion should only be legal in certain circumstances, such as when a woman's health is endangered or when the pregnancy results from rape or incest. OR, Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."

 
    Available
no matter
what the
reason
Only legal
in certain
circumstances
Illegal in all
circumstances
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

5/12-18/10

37 44 15 5  
 

11/24 - 12/7/08

37 43 15 5  
 

11/26 - 12/9/07

34 45 17 4  

 

Gallup Poll. May 3-6, 2010. N=1,029 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. How about abortion?"

 
    Morally
acceptable
Morally
wrong
Depends on
situation (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/3-6/10

38 50 9 3  
 

5/7-10/09

36 56 6 1  
 

5/8-11/08

40 48 10 2  
 

5/10-13/07

40 51 7 1  
 

5/8-11/06

43 44 11 2  
 

5/2-5/05

40 51 8 1  
 

5/2-4/04

40 50 8 2  
 

5/5-7/03

37 53 9 1  
 

5/6-9/02

38 53 8 1  
 

5/10-14/01

42 45 11 2  

 

CBS News Poll. May 4-5, 2010. N=591 adults nationwide (margin of error 4), including 239 men (margin of error 6) and 352 women (margin of error 5).

             

"Looking back over the past 50 years, do you think the birth control pill has been one of the country's most significant medical developments, or not?"

 
    Has been Has not been Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

52 40 8    
 

Men

50 44 6    
 

Women

54 36 10    
             

"How much impact do you think the development of the birth control pill has had on American society overall: a great deal, some, not much, or no impact?"

 
    A great deal Some Not much No impact Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

ALL

41 40 14 3 2
 

Men

38 40 16 3 3
 

Women

43 40 11 2 4
             

"How much impact do you think the development of the birth control pill has had on women's lives in particular: a great deal, some, not much, or no impact?"

 
    A great deal Some Not much No impact Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

ALL

54 30 12 2 2
 

Men

54 28 13 2 3
 

Women

53 31 11 2 3
             

"Has the development of the birth control pill been a change for the better for American family life, a change for the worse, or hasn't that made much difference?"

 
    Better Worse Not much
difference
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

50 11 34 5  
 

Men

46 13 36 5  
 

Women

53 9 31 7  
             

"Has the development of the birth control pill been a change for the better for the lives of American women, a change for the worse, or hasn't that made much difference?"

 
    Better Worse Not much
difference
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

56 9 28 7  
 

Men

59 9 25 7  
 

Women

54 8 31 7  
             

"Do you think the development of the birth control pill has made it easier for women to have jobs and careers outside the home, has made it harder, or did the development of the birth control pill have no effect on women having jobs and careers outside the home?"

 
    Easier Harder No effect Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

57 1 38 4  
 

Men

58 1 37 4  
 

Women

56 1 40 3  
             

"How much impact do you think the development of the birth control pill has had on American attitudes toward sex: a great deal, some, not much, or no impact?"

 
    A great deal Some Not much No impact Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

ALL

51 32 6 8 3
 

Men

52 34 5 7 2
 

Women

49 30 8 8 5
             

"Do you think most men would be willing to use birth control pills if they were available to men?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

49 40 11    
 

Men

66 24 10    
 

Women

35 54 11    
             

"Have you ever used birth control pills?"

 
    Yes No Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

Women

75 19 6    

Abortion and birth control continued


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