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ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 22-25, 2010. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

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"The Supreme Court legalized abortion 37 years ago in the ruling known as Roe versus Wade. If that case came before the court again, would you want the next justice to vote to uphold Roe versus Wade, or vote to overturn it?" Options rotated

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Uphold Overturn Unsure
% % %
4/22-25/10 59 38 3

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 5-12, 2010. N=1,580 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"More than 35 years ago, the Supreme Court's decision in Roe versus Wade established a constitutional right for women to obtain legal abortions in this country. In general, do you think the Court's decision was a good thing or a bad thing?"

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Good thing Bad thing Both (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

4/5-12/10

58

34

3

5

6/12-16/09

62

32

3

3


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 9-11, 2010. N=1,008 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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

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Always
legal
Sometimes
legal
Always
illegal
Unsure

%

%

%

%

4/9-11/10

21

56

22

1

11/13-15/09

26

50

23

1

6/26-29/08

25

51

22

1

10/12-14/07

23

54

22

1

8/30 - 9/2/06

24

50

24

2

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"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

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

%

%

%

%

%

4/9-11/10

21

13

42

22

2

11/13-15/09

26

10

40

23

1

6/26-29/08

25

12

39

22

2

10/12-14/07

23

13

40

22

2

8/30 - 9/2/06

24

10

40

24

2


 

Washington Post Poll. March 23-26, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.  RV = registered voters

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

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

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
9/5-7/08 RV 19 38 24 15 4
8/19-22/08 22 32 26 18 3
6/12-15/08 18 35 28 16 3
1/9-12/08 21 36 25 15 3

12/16-19/07

20 35 25 18 2

12/6-9/07

18 35 27 17 3
10/29 - 11/1/07 19 36 27 16 2
7/18-21/07 23 34 28 14 2

2/22-25/07

16 39 31 12 2

12/15-18/05

17 40 27 13 3

4/21-24/05

20 36 27 14 3
12/04 21 34 25 17 3
5/04 23 31 23 20 2
1/03 23 34 25 17 2
8/01 22 27 28 20 3
6/01 22 31 23 20 4
1/01 21 38 25 14 1
9/00 RV 20 35 25 16 3
7/00 20 33 26 17 4
9/99 20 37 26 15 2
3/99 21 34 27 15 3
7/98 19 35 29 13 4
8/96 22 34 27 14 3
6/96 24 34 25 14 2

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Jan. 5-11, 2010. N=1,767 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.3.

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"Do you support or oppose allowing abortions to be paid for by public funds under a health care reform bill?"

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Support Oppose Unsure

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% % %

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1/5-11/10 27 67 6

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12/15-20/09 23 72 5

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FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Nov. 17-18, 2009. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Do you think abortion procedures should or should not be covered by private insurance plans?"

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Should Should not Unsure
% % %

11/17-18/09

37 51 12

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"Do you favor or oppose the amendment to the health care reform bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week that prevents any federal funds from being used for abortions?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

11/17-18/09

50 38 12

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"If an individual receives financial assistance from the federal government to purchase private health insurance, do you think they should or should not be able to buy an insurance plan that covers abortion procedures?"

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Should Should not Unsure
% % %

11/17-18/09

39 52 9

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 13-16, 2009. N=1,167 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"If the federal government provides subsidies or credits to help people buy health insurance, do you think those insurance plans should or should not cover abortion procedures?"

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Should Should not Doesn't
matter (vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

11/13-16/09

34

56

2

8


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Nov. 13-15, 2009. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Now think about women who are covered by private health insurance plans that are paid for by private individuals or employers with no money from the government involved. Do you think private health insurance plans should cover some or all of the costs of an abortion, or do you think that women who want to get an abortion should have to pay the complete costs of that abortion out of their own pockets?"

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Insurance
Should Cover
Pay Out
of Pocket
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

11/13-15/09

45

51

3

1


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Nov. 12-15, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

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"Say someone buys private health insurance using government assistance to help pay for it. Do you think insurance sold that way should or should not be allowed to include coverage for abortions?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
11/12-15/09 35 61 4

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"Say someone buys private health insurance using government assistance to help pay for it. Do you think insurance sold that way should or should not be allowed to include coverage for abortions?" If should not or unsure: "What if the insurance company used private funds, not public funds, to provide the abortion coverage? In that case do you think this coverage should or should not be available?" Combined responses

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
11/12-15/09 56 43 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Oct. 22-25, 2009. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

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"Which of the following best represents your views about abortion? The choice on abortion should be left up to the woman and her doctor. Abortion should be legal only in cases in which pregnancy results from rape or incest or when the life of the woman is at risk. OR, Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."

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Woman
and Doctor
Rape, Incest,
Life of Woman
Always
Illegal
Unsure
% % % %

10/22-25/09

51 31 15 3

4/20-23/07

55 30 13 2
5/12-16/05 55 29 14 2
11/03 53 29 15 3
1/03 59 29 9 3
1/97 60 26 11 3
8/96 56 30 12 2
3/96 56 31 10 3
12/95 60 28 10 2
7/91 60 31 8 1
6/91 57 36 7 -
7/90 57 33 8 2

 

Pew Research Center survey. Aug. 11-17 & 20-27, 2009. N=4,013 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.

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

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Legal in
All Cases
Legal in
Most Cases
Illegal in
Most Cases
Illegal in
All Cases
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

8/11-17 & 20-27/09

16

31

27

17

8

3/31 - 4/6 & 4/14-21/09

18

28

28

16

10

10/23-26/08

18

35

24

16

7

10/16-19/08

19

38

22

14

7

7/31 - 8/10/08

17

37

26

15

5

6/18-29/08

19

38

24

13

6

11/07

18

33

29

15

5

10/17-23/07

21

32

24

15

8

8/1-18/07

17

35

26

17

5

2/16 - 3/14/07

15

30

30

20

5


 

Pew Research Center survey. Aug. 11-17, 2009. N=2,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.5.

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"Which comes closer to your view about the abortion issue? The country needs to find a middle ground on abortion laws. OR, There's no room for compromise when it comes to abortion laws." Options rotated

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Middle
Ground
No
Compromise
Unsure
% % %
8/11-17/09 60 29 11
7/6-19/06 66 29 5

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"Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion?"

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Strongly
Favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
% % % % %
8/11-17/09 19 22 27 23 9

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"Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose requiring that women under the age of 18 get the consent of at least one parent before they are allowed to have an abortion?"

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Strongly
Favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
% % % % %
8/11-17/09 45 31 11 8 5

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 17-19, 2009. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

           

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

           

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    Legal
Under Any
Legal Only
Under Certain
Illegal
In All
Unsure  
   

%

%

%

%

 
 

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

 
 

10/03

26

55

17

2

 
 

5/03

23

57

19

1

 
 

1/03

24

57

18

1

 
 

5/02

25

51

22

2

 
 

3/02

27

53

19

1

 
 

2/02

26

54

18

2

 
 

8/01

26

56

17

1

 
 

5/01

26

58

15

1

 
 

3/01

26

51

18

5

 
 

4/00

28

51

19

2

 
 

1/00

26

56

15

3

 
 

5/99

27

55

16

2

 
 

1/98

23

59

17

1

 
 

11/97

26

55

17

2

 
 

8/97

22

61

15

2

 
 

9/96

24

52

17

7

 
 

7/96

25

58

15

2

 
 

4/90

31

53

12

4

 
 

7/80

25

53

18

4

 
 

2/79

22

54

19

5

 
 

12/77

22

55

19

4

 
 

4/75

21

54

22

3

 
           

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

           

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    Pro-Choice Pro-Life Mixed/
Neither (vol.)
Don't Know
What Terms
Mean (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

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
 

1/6-8/06

53 42 1 2 2
 

8/28-30/05

54 38 3 2 3
 

7/22-24/05

51 42 3 3 1
 

5/2-5/05

48 44 3 3 2
 

10/14-16/04

52 41 2 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
  8/3-5/01 52 39 4 3 2
  7/01 50 40 4 3 3
  5/01 48 42 4 4 2
  3/01 47 41 4 6 2
  2/01 55 38 5 1 1
  10/00 47 45 3 2 3
  7/00 50 40 4 2 4
  4/00 48 43 2 4 3
  5/99 48 42 3 4 3
  1/98 48 45 3 2 2
  11/97 51 40 3 3 -
  8/97 47 44 3 3 3
  7/96 53 36 5 3 3

 

The Harris Poll. July 7-14, 2009. N=1,010 adults nationwide.

           

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"In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that states laws which made it illegal for a woman to have an abortion up to three months of pregnancy were unconstitutional, and that the decision on whether a woman should have an abortion up to three months of pregnancy should be left to the woman and her doctor to decide. In general, do you favor or oppose this part of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making abortions up to three months of pregnancy legal?"

           

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    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/7-14/09

51 44 5    
 

10/16-23/07

56 40 4    
 

4/4-10/06

49 47 4    
           

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"In general, do you favor permitting a woman who wants one to have an abortion in all circumstances, some circumstances or no circumstances?"

           

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    All Some No Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/7-14/09

23 53 21 4  
 

10/16-23/07

25 52 20 2  
 

4/4-10/06

24 53 20 4  
           

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"Do you favor laws that would make it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion, favor laws that would make it easier to get an abortion or should no change be made to existing abortion laws?"

           

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    More
Difficult
Easier No Change Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/7-14/09

41 14 40 6  
 

10/16-23/07

42 16 38 4  
 

4/4-10/06

40 15 40 6  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 12-16, 2009. N=895 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"More than 35 years ago, the Supreme Court's decision in Roe versus Wade established a constitutional right for women to obtain legal abortions in this country. In general, do you think the Court's decision was a good thing or a bad thing?"

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Good Thing Bad Thing Both (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

ALL

62

32

3

3

Republicans

40

51

7

2

Democrats

74

21

1

4

Independents

63

30

2

5

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

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Overturn Not Overturn Unsure

%

%

%

6/12-16/09

29

64

7


 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. May 28-June 1, 2009. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

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"Which comes closest to your opinion on abortion: abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?"

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Legal in
All Cases
Legal in
Most Cases
Illegal in
Most Cases
Illegal in
All Cases
Unsure
% % % % %
5/28 - 6/1/09 19 33 24 20 5

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 14-17, 2009. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"The 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?"

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Yes,
Overturn
No, Not
Overturn
Unsure
% % %
5/14-17/09 30 68 1

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 23-26, 2009. N=2,019 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.

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

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Pro-choice Pro-life Unsure About
Terms (vol.)
Mixed/Both/
Neither (vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

4/23-26/09

49

45

1

3

1

8/29-31/08

53

44

2

2

-

5/4-6/07

45

50

2

2

1


 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. July 31-Aug. 4, 2008. N=808 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Which of these positions best represents your views about abortion? A woman should be able to get an abortion if she wants one in the first three months of pregnancy, no matter what the reason. Abortion should be legal ONLY in certain circumstances, such as when a woman's health is endangered or when the pregnancy results from rape or incest. Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, even if the mother's life is in danger." Options rotated

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Always Legal in
First 3 Months
Legal in Certain
Circumstances
Illegal in All
Circumstances
No Answer/
Unsure
 
% % % %  
7/31 - 8/4/08 46 40 10 4  

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"What if a presidential candidate took a position on abortion that was different from your own? Would you still consider voting for him because of his position on other issues, or would you not vote for him under any circumstances?"

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Still Consider Not Vote For No Answer/
Unsure
   
% % %    
7/31 - 8/4/08 73 20 6    
6/18-25/08 71 23 5    

 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. June 18-25, 2008. N=805 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Which of these positions best represents your views about abortion? A woman should be able to get an abortion if she wants one, no matter what the reason, up until the time the fetus is viable, that is, can live on its own. 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. Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, even if the mother's life is in danger."

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Legal Until
Fetus Viable
Sometimes
Legal
Never
Legal
No Answer/
Unsure
 
% % % %  
6/18-25/08 43 41 10 6  

 

Gallup Poll. May 8-11, 2008. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

           

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"Thinking about how the abortion issue might affect your vote for major offices, would you only vote for a candidate who shares your views on abortion, or consider a candidate's position on abortion as just one of many important factors, or not see abortion as a major issue?" Options rotated

           

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    Must Share
Views
One of Many
Factors
Not a
Major Issue
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/8-11/08

13

49

37

2

 
 

5/10-13/07

16 59 23 3  
 

10/14-16/04

17 46 35 2  
 

5/2-4/04

14 45 39 2  
 

5/10-14/01

20 51 27 2  
 

3/30 - 4/2/00

15 49 33 3  
 

4/30 - 5/2/99

19 51 27 3  
 

7/25-28/96

16 51 30 3  
 

7/18-21/96

18 48 30 4  

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Oct. 23-25, 2007. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

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"Which would you prefer for the public schools in your community? Provide birth control only to those students who have the consent of their parents. Provide birth control to all students who want it. Not provide birth control to any student."

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Provide if
Have Consent
Provide
To All
Do Not
Provide
Unsure

%

%

%

%

10/23-25/07

37

30

30

3

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"Do you think making birth control available for teenagers would not encourage them to have sexual intercourse earlier or encourage them to have sexual intercourse earlier than they would have?"

.

Not
Encourage
Encourage Unsure

%

%

%

10/23-25/07

49

46

5

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"Do you think making birth control available for teenagers would reduce the number of pregnancies among teenagers, have no effect on the number of pregnancies among teenagers, or increase the number of pregnancies among teenagers?"

.

Reduce No Effect Increase Unsure

%

%

%

%

10/23-25/07

62

22

13

3

.

"What do you think is the better way to reduce the number of pregnancies among teenagers: by emphasizing sex education and birth control, or by emphasizing morality and abstinence?"

.

Sex Ed and
Birth Control
Morality and
Abstinence
Unsure

%

%

%

10/23-25/07

51

46

3


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Oct. 23-24, 2007. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Please tell me if you think abortion should be legal or illegal in each of the following situations . . . ."

.

Legal Illegal Unsure
% % %

"If the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest"

  10/23-24/07

70 21 9

  2/28 - 3/1/06

74 21 6

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"If the pregnancy puts the mother's life at risk"

  10/23-24/07

73 15 12
  2/28 - 3/1/06 83 12 5

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"If the pregnancy puts the mother's mental health at risk"

  10/23-24/07

56 28 16
  2/28 - 3/1/06 62 30 8

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"If the baby has a fatal birth defect"

  10/23-24/07

53 30 18

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"If the pregnancy is unwanted"

  10/23-24/07

39 50 11
  2/28 - 3/1/06 43 49 8

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"Do you need to know a candidate's position on the issue of abortion before deciding your vote for president or is that not something you need to know?"

.

Need to
Know
Don't Need
To Know
Unsure
% % %

10/23-24/07

45 53 2

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. Oct. 19-22, 2007. N=1,039 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3. RV = registered voters

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"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?"

.

Always
Legal
Legal
Most of
the Time
Illegal
With a Few
Exceptions
Illegal
Without
Exceptions
Unsure
% % % % %

10/19-22/07 RV

31 13 40 10 6

1/15-17/05 Adults

24 19 41 12 4

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 12-16, 2007. N=1,143 registered voters nationwide.

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"What is your personal feeling about abortion? (1) It should be permitted in all cases. (2) It should be permitted, but subject to greater restrictions than it is now. (3) It should be permitted only in cases such as rape, incest and to save the woman's life. OR, (4) It should only be permitted to save the woman's life."

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.

All Cases Greater
Restrictions
Rape, Incest,
Woman's
Life
Only
Woman's
Life
Never (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

%

10/12-16/07

26

16

34

16

4

4

1/18-21/07

31

16

30

12

5

6

4/6-9/06

29

17

33

14

4

3

1/5-8/06

27

15

33

17

5

3

7/29 - 8/2/05

28

15

33

15

5

4

7/13-14/05

25

14

38

15

3

5


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Oct. 12-14, 2007. N=1,212 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Regardless of whether you think abortion should be allowed or not, do you personally believe having an abortion is wrong?"

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Yes No Unsure

%

%

%

10/12-14/07

60

36

4


 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey. Aug. 1-18, 2007. N=3,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.

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"Now I would like to ask your opinion about a specific abortion procedure known as 'late-term' abortion or 'partial birth' abortion, which is sometimes performed on women during the last few months of pregnancy. Do you think that this procedure should be legal or illegal?"

.

Legal Illegal Unsure

%

%

%

8/1-18/07

17

75

8


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 18-21, 2007. N=1,125 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.  RV = registered voters

.

"The Supreme Court also recently upheld a federal restriction on the procedure known as partial birth abortion, banning the procedure except when a woman's life is at risk. Do you approve or disapprove of this decision?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    
7/18-21/07 55 43 2    

 

Gallup Poll. May 10-13, 2007. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

           

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"Now I would like to ask your opinion about a specific abortion procedure known as 'late term' abortion or 'partial birth' abortion, which is sometimes performed on women during the last few months of pregnancy. Do you think that this procedure should be legal or illegal?"

           

.

    Legal Illegal Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/10-13/07

22 72 5    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 4-6, 2007. N=1,028 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"Now I would like to ask your opinion about a specific abortion procedure known as a 'late-term' abortion or 'partial-birth' abortion, which is sometimes performed on women during the last few months of pregnancy. Do you think that the government should make this procedure illegal, or do you think that the procedure should be legal?"

.

Illegal Legal Unsure

%

%

%

5/4-6/07

66

28

5


 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 25-May 1, 2007. N=1,166 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.9.

.

"Have you heard or read anything about the recent Supreme Court decision on partial birth abortion?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
4/25 - 5/1/07 64 34 2    

.

Asked of those who have heard or read about Supreme Court decision:
"Do you agree or disagree with the recent Supreme Court decision on partial birth abortion?"

.

Agree Disagree Unsure    
% % %    
4/25 - 5/1/07 41 41 19    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). April 20-23, 2007. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

.

"As you may know, the Supreme Court recently upheld a law that makes the procedure commonly known as a partial birth abortion illegal. Do you favor or oppose this ruling by the Supreme Court?" Half sample, MoE ± 4.4 (Form A)

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

4/20-23/07

53 34 13

.

"As you may know, the Supreme Court recently upheld a law that makes the procedure commonly known as a partial birth abortion illegal. A partial-birth abortion is a procedure performed in the late-term of pregnancy, when in some cases the baby is old enough to survive on its own outside the womb. The court's ruling outlaws using this procedure, and does not make an exception for the health of the mother. Do you favor or oppose this ruling by the Supreme Court?" Half sample, MoE ± 4.4 (Form B)

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

4/20-23/07

47 43 10

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 19-21, 2007. N=1,008 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

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

.

Would Would Not Unsure

%

%

%

1/19-21/07

29

62

9


 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 26-27, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"Which side of the political debate on the abortion issue do you sympathize with more: the right-to-life movement that believes abortion is the taking of human life and should be outlawed; OR, the pro-choice movement that believes a woman has the right to choose what happens to her body, including deciding to have an abortion?" Options rotated

.

Right-to-Life Pro-Choice Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
ALL adults 39 53 3 5
  Republicans 62 31 4 3
  Democrats 25 69 2 4
  Independents 35 57 4 4

Trend:

11/10-11/05

34 57 5 4
10/29-30/98 39 51 5 5

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide.

.

"Would you favor or oppose a law in your state that would ban all abortions except those necessary to save the life of the mother?" Half sample, MoE ± 4.5

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

8/30 - 9/2/06

45

51

3


 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey. July 6-19, 2006. N=996 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

.

"Which comes closer to your view? Abortion should be generally available to those who want it. Abortion should be available but under stricter limits than it is now. Abortion should be against the law except in cases of rape, incest and to save the woman's life. Abortion should not be permitted at all."

.

Generally
Available
Stricter
Limits
Rape, Incest,
Woman's
Life Only
Not
Permitted
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

7/6-19/06

31 20 35 11 3

12/7-11/05

35 20 31 11 3
11/9-27/05 30 19 31 16 4
7/13-17/05 35 23 31 9 2

.

"Regardless of whether or not you think abortion should be legal, do you personally believe that having an abortion is morally wrong in nearly all circumstances, morally wrong in some circumstances, or is it not a moral issue?"

.

Nearly
Always
Morally
Wrong
Sometimes
Morally
Wrong
Not a
Moral Issue
Unsure  
% % % %  

7/6-19/06

24 49 24 3  
7/13-17/05 29 41 26 4  

.

"Do you think the question of whether abortion should be legally permitted is something that should be decided at the national level, or is it something that each state should decide for itself?"

.

National
Level
Each State Unsure    
% % %    

7/6-19/06

55 39 6    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 9-12, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Results below are among registered voters.

.

"I'm going to read you some positions that someone running for Congress could take. For each one, please tell me whether you would be more likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who takes this position, less likely to vote for this candidate, or would it not make a difference to you either way? . . ."

.

More Likely Less Likely No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

"Favors keeping abortion legal" Half sample (Form A)

6/9-12/06 46 33 19 2  

.

"Favors making abortion illegal, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the health of the mother is at risk" Half sample (Form B)
6/9-12/06 40 42 16 2  

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. April 8-11, 2006. N=1,357 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"As you may know, South Dakota adopted a law that would ban all abortions, except to save the life of the mother. Do you approve or disapprove of the South Dakota abortion law?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    
ALL 34 58 8    
Democrats 24 69 7    
Independents 27 67 6    
Republicans 52 42 6    

 

The Harris Poll. April 4-10, 2006. N=1,016 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

           

.

"Recently, the South Dakota state legislature passed a law that would ban all abortions, except to save the life of the mother. Would you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose a similar law if it was introduced in your state?

           

.

    Strongly
Support
Somewhat
Support
Somewhat
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/4-10/06

25 19 17 35 4

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 8-12, 2006. N=1,405 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"Recently, South Dakota passed a law that bans abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother. Would you favor or oppose a law like this at the national level?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

3/8-12/06

34 58 8

.

"As I list some programs and proposals that are being discussed in this country today, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose each. Making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion."

.

Strongly
Favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
% % % % %

3/8-12/06

15 22 32 24 7

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Feb. 28-March 2, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

.

"Which comes closest to your opinion on abortion? Abortion should be . . . ."

.

Legal in
All Cases
Legal in
Most Cases
Illegal in
Most Cases
Illegal in
All Cases
Unsure
% % % % %

2/28 - 3/2/06

19 32 27 16 6

.

"Regardless of your opinion about abortion, do you think the federal government should decide whether abortion should be legal or not, or should each state government decide?"

.

Federal
Government
Each State
Government
Unsure
% % %

2/28 - 3/2/06

46 43 11

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Feb. 28-March 1, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"Recently the South Dakota legislature passed a law that bans abortion in all cases other than to save the life of the mother. Would you support or oppose this law in the state where you live?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
ALL reg. voters 35 59 6
  Democrats 26 70 4
  Republicans 49 47 4
  Independents 32 58 11

.

"Do you think partial-birth abortions -- an abortion procedure conducted late in pregnancy -- should be banned or not?"

.

Banned Not Banned Unsure
% % %
2/28 - 3/1/06 61 28 11
7/98 54 28 18
5/96 46 37 17

.

"Five years from now, do you think there will be more restrictions and it will be harder to get an abortion in the United States, or will there be fewer restrictions and it will be easier to get an abortion?"

.

More
Restrictions
Fewer
Restrictions
No Change
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
2/28 - 3/1/06 55 24 12 9

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 9-12, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

           

.

"Would you like to see abortion laws in this country made more strict, less strict, or remain as they are?"
           

.

    More Strict Less Strict Same Other (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/9-12/06

38 20 39 1 3
  1/3-5/05 38 19 41 - 2
  1/12-15/04 37 20 40 1 2
  1/13-16/03 36 21 39 1 3
  4/5-7/02 39 17 41 1 2
  1/7-9/02 39 19 39 - 3
  1/10-14/01 34 17 46 1 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 11-13, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Next, do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals. How about [see below]?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

.

"A law requiring women under 18 to get parental consent for any abortion"

  11/11-13/05

69

28

3

  1/10-12/03

73

24

3

  7/25-28/96

74

23

3

  1/16-19/92

70

23

7

.

"A law requiring that the husband of a married woman be notified if she decides to have an abortion"

  11/11-13/05

64

34

2

  1/10-12/03

72

26

2

  7/25-28/96

70

26

4

  1/16-19/92

73

25

2

.

"A constitutional amendment to ban abortion in all circumstances, except when necessary to save the life of the mother"

  11/11-13/05

37

61

2

  1/10-12/03

38

59

3

  7/25-28/96

38

59

3

  1/16-19/92

42

56

2


 

Pew Research Center/Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 3-6, 2005. Adults nationwide.

.

"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 overturn its Roe versus Wade decision, or not?" Form 2 (N=612, MoE ± 4.5)

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
11/3-6/05 32 57 11    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 25-28, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

.

.

"Would you like to see the Supreme Court make it harder to get an abortion than it is now, make it easier to get an abortion than it is now, or leave the ability to get an abortion the same as it is now?" Options rotated

.

.

Harder Easier Same Unsure    

%

%

%

%

   

8/25-28/05

42

9

47

2

 

 


 

CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 2, 2005. N=1,222 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

.

"More than thirty years ago, the Supreme Court's decision in Roe versus Wade established a constitutional right for women to obtain legal abortions in this country. In general, do you think the Court's decision was a good thing or a bad thing?"

.

.

Good
Thing
Bad
Thing
Both
(vol.)
Unsure    

%

%

%

%

   

ALL

60

35

1

4

 

 

 Republicans

41

55

2

2

 

 

 Democrats

73

22

1

4

 

 

 Independents

64

30

1

5

 

 

.

.

Trend: 

7/13-14/05

59

32

4

5

 

 


 

Pew Research Center/Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. July 13-17, 2005. N=1,502 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Regardless of whether or not you think abortion should be legal, do you think it would be a good thing to reduce the number of abortions performed in the United States, or don't you feel this way?"

.

Good Thing Don't Feel
This Way
Unsure    
% % %    
7/13-17/05 59 33 8    

 

CBS News Poll. July 13-14, 2005. N=632 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

.

"Would you favor or oppose requiring that at least one parent be told before a girl under 18 years of age could have an abortion?"

.

.

Favor Oppose Unsure      

%

%

%

     

7/13-14/05

80

17

3

 

 

 


 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 24-26, 2005. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"If one of the U.S. Supreme Court justices retired, would you want the new Supreme Court justice to be someone who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade -- the decision that legalized abortion -- or vote to uphold it?"

.

Vote To
Overturn
Vote To
Uphold
Unsure

%

%

%

6/24-26/05

29

65

6


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 2-5, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"Who do you trust more to deal with the issue of abortion: your state legislature or your state courts?" Options rotated

.

State
Legislature
State Courts Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
6/2-5/05 44 44 1 10 2

 

Gallup Poll. May 2-5, 2005. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"What is your impression of how most Americans feel about abortion? Do you think most Americans feel abortions should be legal under any circumstances, abortions should be legal only under certain circumstances, or abortions should be illegal in all circumstances?" Options rotated

.

Always
Legal
Sometimes
Legal
Always
Illegal
Unsure

%

%

%

%

5/2-5/05

13

67

16

4

5/10-14/01

16

66

11

7

.

"Now thinking about future nominees to the United States Supreme Court, how important is it to you, personally, that they share your views on the abortion issue: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"

.

Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not
Important
At All
Unsure

% % % % %

5/2-5/05

45 31 15 8 1

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 25-26, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think a female under age 18 should be required by state law to notify at least one parent or guardian before having an abortion?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %
4/25-26/05 78 17 5

.

"Do you think a female under age 18 should be required by state law to get permission or consent from at least one parent or guardian before having an abortion?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %
4/25-26/05 72 22 6

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 24-28, 2005. N=1,111 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Regardless of how you usually vote, which party comes closer to sharing your view on abortion: the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?"

.

Democra-
tic Party
Republi-
can Party
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/24-28/05

45

35

1

5

14


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 14-18, 2005. N=1,118 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"By the end of George W. Bush's second term in office, do you think most abortions in the United States will be legal or will most abortions be against the law?"

.

Legal Against
the Law
Unsure

%

%

%

1/14-18/05

47

43

10


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 16-19, 2004. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"How important is it to you that the next person nominated to join the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with your position on abortion -- is that extremely important to you, very important, somewhat important, or less important than that?"

.

Extremely Very Somewhat Less Unsure
% % % % %
12/04 26 28 30 15 1

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Dec. 7-12, 2004. N=1,529 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 2.5.

.

"The 1973 Supreme Court ruling called Roe. v. Wade made abortion in the first three months of pregnancy legal. Do you think President Bush should nominate Supreme Court justices who would uphold the Roe. v. Wade decision, or nominate Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision?"

.

Uphold Overturn Unsure    
% % %    
ALL 50 34 16    
  Republicans 36 47 17    
  Democrats 59 26 14    
  Independents 55 30 15    

.

"Do you think the next person nominated to join the United States Supreme Court should or should not publicly state his or her position on abortion before being approved by the U.S. Senate for the job?"

.

Should Should
Not
Unsure    
% % %    
12/04 62 32 6    

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Nov. 19-21, 2004. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, President Bush may have the opportunity to appoint several new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court during his second term. The 1973 Supreme Court ruling called Roe v. Wade made abortion in the first three months of pregnancy legal. Do you think President Bush should nominate Supreme Court justices who would uphold the Roe v. Wade decision, or nominate justices who would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision?"

.

Uphold Overturn Unsure
% % %
11/19-21/04 59 31 10

.

"Do you think the next person nominated to join the Supreme Court should or should not publicly state his or her position on abortion before being approved by the U.S. Senate for the job?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
11/19-21/04 61 36 3

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Nov. 18-21, 2004. N=885 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Should pharmacists who personally oppose birth control for religious reasons be able to refuse to sell birth control pills to women who have a prescription for them, or shouldn't pharmacists be able to refuse to sell birth control pills?"

.

Should Be
Able To
Refuse
Should Not
Be Able To
Refuse
Unsure

%

%

%

ALL

16

78

6

  Republicans

25

70

5

  Democrats

12

85

3

  Independents

14

78

8

.

"Is it possible you would ever vote for a candidate who does not share your views on the issue of abortion, or is the subject so important that you could not vote for a candidate who disagrees with you?"

.

Yes,
Possible
No,
Could Not
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

11/04

54

38

5

3


 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Nov. 3-5, 2004. N=844 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"The 1973 Supreme Court ruling called Roe v. Wade made abortion in the first three months of pregnancy legal. Do you think President Bush should nominate Supreme Court justices who would uphold the Roe v. Wade decision, or nominate Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision?"

.

Uphold Overturn Unsure
% % %
11/04 61 34 5

 

CBS News Poll. May 20-23, 2004. N=923 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which of these comes closest to your view? Abortion should be generally available to those who want it. Abortion should be available, but under stricter limits than it is now. OR, Abortion should not be permitted."

.

Generally
Available
Stricter
Limits
Not
Permitted
Unsure

%

%

%

%

ALL

36

37

25

2

Catholics

34

37

28

1


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Nov. 8-10, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"As you may know, President Bush and the U.S. Congress recently approved a new law that prohibits a procedure commonly known as a 'partial-birth abortion.' Do you favor or oppose this new law?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
11/03 47 40 13

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 24-26, 2003. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Now I would like to ask your opinion about a specific abortion procedure known as 'late-term' abortion or 'partial-birth' abortion, which is sometimes performed on women during the last few months of pregnancy. Do you think that the government should make this procedure illegal, or do you think that this procedure should be legal?" Options rotated

Illegal Legal Unsure

%

%

%

10/03

68

25

7


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 15-16, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

“Do you believe that human life begins at conception, or once the baby may be able to survive outside the mother's womb with medical assistance, or when the baby is actually born?”

%

.

At conception 55
Survive outside womb 23
At birth 13
Not sure 9

 

ABC News Poll. July 16-20, 2003. N=1,027 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

.

"Do you think the late-term abortion procedure known as dilation and extraction, or partial-birth abortion, should be legal or illegal?"

Legal Illegal Depends
(vol.)
No
Opinion
% % % %

7/03

20

62

12

5

.

Asked of respondents who answered "Illegal," "Depends" or "No opinion":
"
What if it would prevent a serious threat to the woman’s health? In that case, do you think the late-term abortion procedure known as dilation and extraction, or partial-birth abortion, should be legal or illegal?"

.

Aggregate responses to both questions: Answered
"Legal" to
First
Question
Answered
"Legal" to
Follow-up
Question
Illegal Depends
(vol.)
No
Opinion
% % % % %

7/03

20

41

33

3

3


 

Los Angeles Times Poll. Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2003. N=1,385 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (total sample).

.

"Do you favor or oppose a law which would make it illegal to perform a specific abortion procedure conducted in the last six months of a woman's pregnancy known as a partial-birth abortion, except in cases necessary to save the life of the mother?"
ALL Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
Repub-
licans
% % % %

Favor

57

53

56

65

Oppose

38

42

39

31

Don't know

5

5

5

4


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 19-21, 2003. N=814 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4 (total sample).

.

ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %

"Over the next two years, do you think abortion will remain generally available, or abortion will be available but under stricter limits than it is now, or abortion will not be permitted?"

Generally available 41 41 37 45
Available, but under stricter limits 43 48 47 37
Will not be permitted 11 8 10 14
Don't know/No answer 5 3 6 4

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 16-20, 2003. N=1,133 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by TNS Intersearch.

.

"Would you like to see the government and the courts make it harder to get an abortion than it is now, make it easier to get an abortion than it is now, or leave the ability to get an abortion the same as it is now?" Options rotated

Harder Easier Same No
Opinion
% % % %
1/03 42 15 41 2

.

"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that a woman can have an abortion if she wants one at any time during the first three months of pregnancy. Do you favor or oppose that ruling?"

Favor Oppose No
Opinion
% % %
1/03 54 44 2
7/90 56 39 5

 

Time/CNN Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. Jan. 15-16, 2003. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Which of these positions best represents 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. Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
Always
Legal
Sometimes
Legal
Always
Illegal
Not
Sure
% % % %
1/03 39 42 15 4
7/01 39 40 17 4
1/01 35 50 12 3
3/99 38 46 12 4
1/98 38 43 16 3
5/96 40 46 11 3

.

"Thinking about abortion: If you had to choose, would you describe yourself as being more pro-choice -- supporting a woman's right to have an abortion -- or more pro-life -- protecting the rights of unborn children?"
Pro-Choice Pro-Life Mixed/
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
1/03 49 45 - 6
7/01 46 47 4 3
1/00 46 48 3 3
3/99 46 43 5 6

.

"Do you favor or oppose the Supreme Court ruling that women have the right to have an abortion during the first three months of their pregnancy?"
Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
1/03 55 40 5
5/98 55 39 6
4/92 59 35 6
4/89 54 39 7

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 10-12, 2003. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 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. How about [see below]?"

Legal Illegal Depends
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

 

"When the woman's life is endangered"

85

11

2

2

.

.

 

"When the woman's physical health is endangered"

77

17

4

2

.

.

 

"When the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest"

76

19

2

3

.

.

 

"When the woman's mental health is endangered"

63

32

3

2

.

.

 

"When there is evidence that the baby may be physically impaired"

56

37

4

3

.

.

 

"When there is evidence that the baby may be mentally impaired"

55

39

3

3

.

.

 

"When the woman or family cannot afford to raise the child"

35

61

2

2

.

.

"Next, do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals. How about [see below]?"
Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

 

"A law requiring doctors to inform patients about alternatives to abortion before performing the procedure"

88

11

1

.

.

.

.

 

"A law requiring women seeking abortions to wait 24 hours before having the procedure done"

78

19

3

.

.

.

.

 

"A law which would make it illegal to perform a specific abortion procedure conducted in the last six months of pregnancy known as a 'partial-birth abortion,' except in cases necessary to save the life of the mother"

70

25

5

.

.

.

.

"As you may know, in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a landmark decision on abortion known as Roe versus Wade. Do you think that decision was a good thing or a bad thing for the country?" Options were rotated
Good
Thing
Bad
Thing
Unsure

%

%

%

1/03

53

30

17


 

Los Angeles Times Poll. Dec. 12-15, 2002. N=1,305 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (total sample).

.

"The United States Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in 1973, called Roe versus Wade, which legalized abortion. Generally speaking, are you in favor of the Supreme Court decision which permits a woman to get an abortion from a doctor at any time, or are you opposed to that, or are you indifferent on the subject -- or haven't you heard enough about that yet to say?"

ALL Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
Repub-
licans

 

%

%

%

%

 

In favor

46

52

55

32

 

Indifferent

11

10

11

11

 

Opposed

37

28

30

54

 

Haven't heard enough

3

7

1

2

 

Don't know

3

3

3

1


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 9-10, 2002. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"The 1973 Supreme Court decision called Roe v. Wade made abortion in the first three months of pregnancy legal. Do you think the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade or let it stand?"

.

Overturn
Roe
Let It
Stand
Not
Sure
% % %
1/02 26 59 15
1/01 29 62 9
6/99 29 63 8
1/98 30 64 6

 

ABC News.com Poll. Sept. 6-10, 2000. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3 (total sample).

.

"There is a pill called RU-486 used in Europe that causes an abortion when it's taken in the first seven weeks of pregnancy. Do you think it should be legal or illegal for doctors to prescribe RU-486 in the United States?"
ALL Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
Repub-
licans
% % % %
Legal 45 54 47 34
Illegal 47 39 44 58
No opinion 9 7 9 8

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 20-23, 2000. N=1,228 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

Asked of half the sample:
"How important will handling the abortion issue be to you in deciding how to vote in the 2000 presidential election in November: very important, somewhat important, not too important or not important at all?"
Very Some-
what
Not
Too
Not
At All
No
Opinion
% % % % %
7/00 48 26 13 11 1
4/00 50 27 14 9 1

.

"Which presidential candidate, Gore or Bush, do you trust to do a better job handling the abortion issue?"
Gore Bush Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
No
Opinion
% % % % %
7/00 41 40 2 8 9
4/00 46 39 2 6 8

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 26-27, 2000. N=903 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that will decide whether states can legally ban partial-birth abortions -- that is, abortions that are conducted later in the pregnancy than other abortions and require the fetus to be partially delivered. If you were one of the justices, would you vote to allow states to ban partial-birth abortions?"
%
Would allow states to ban 61
Would not 30
Not sure 9

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 18-21, 1999. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, countries that belong to the United Nations are required to pay annual dues to remain a part of the UN. In terms of international organizations which perform abortions or promote abortion rights in other countries, do you think [rotate:] the United States should allow some of its UN dues to go to these organizations, OR, do you think the U.S. should prevent any of its dues money from going to these organizations?"
%
Allow some dues to go to these organizations 44
Prevent any of U.S. dues money from going 50
No opinion 6

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Nov. 4-7, 1999. N=1,162 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

.

"How important is it to you that the presidential candidate you vote for shares your views on the issue of abortion: very important, somewhat important, or not important at all?"

.

ALL Republicans Democrats Independents
% % % %
Very important 38 37 40 37
Somewhat important 46 49 43 45
Not important at all 15 13 16 16
Don't know/No answer 1 1 1 2

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 16-19, 1999. N=2,011 adults nationwide.

.

"Let me read you two positions on the issue of abortion. Between these positions, which do you tend to side with more? Position A: Government should pass more laws that restrict the availability of abortions. Position B: The government should not interfere with a woman's access to abortion."

.

%
A. Should restrict availability 30
B. Should not interfere with access 65
Not sure 5

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. April 30-May 2, 1999. N=1,014 adults nationwide.

.

"If you could vote on this issue directly, would you vote for or against a law which would make it illegal to perform a specific abortion procedure conducted in the last six months of pregnancy known as a 'partial birth abortion,' except in cases necessary to save the life of the mother?"

.

Favor Making
It Illegal
Oppose Making
It Illegal
Unsure
% % %
5/99 61 34 5

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. October 29-30, 1998. N=753 adults nationwide.

.

"In general, which party comes closer to your view on abortion: the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?"
%
Democratic Party 40
Republican Party 36
Both/Neither (vol.) 9
Don't know 15

.

"Now I have some more general questions about abortion. Do you personally believe that abortion is wrong?"
%
Yes 56
No 36
Don't know 8

.

"Whatever your own personal view of abortion, do you favor or oppose a woman in this country having the choice to have an abortion with the advice of her doctor?"
%
Favor 69
Oppose 24
Don't know 7

.

"Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal under only certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?"
%
Legal under any circumstances 23
Legal under only certain circumstances 58
Illegal in all circumstances 15
Don't know 4

.

"Do you think there should be a law making illegal 'partial birth' abortions, that is, one form of late-term abortion performed after the fetus is able to live outside the mother's womb, except when necessary to save the life of the mother?"
%
Yes, illegal 55
No 36
Don't know 9


 


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