Life Choices, 1990

Data Archive > U.S. Surveys > General Population > National > Other > Analysis


MURDER

Which of these statements best describes your feelings about abortion?
  1) Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder.
  2) Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born.
  3) Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life.
  4) Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue.

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 801 39.6% 39.6% -1.09
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 257 12.7% 52.3% -.23
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 593 29.3% 81.6% .63
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 373 18.4% 100% 1.49

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years old 30-44 years old 45-59 years old 60-74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 37.1%
143
35.9%
254
41.1%
162
42.2%
164
52.2%
72
39.5%
795
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 13.0%
50
11.3%
80
12.7%
50
15.2%
59
12.3%
17
12.7%
256
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 37.9%
146
34.3%
243
24.9%
98
19.8%
77
19.6%
27
29.3%
591
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 11.9%
46
18.5%
131
21.3%
84
22.9%
89
15.9%
22
18.5%
372
TOTAL 100.0%
385
100.0%
708
100.0%
394
100.0%
389
100.0%
138

2014


Church attendance (I-ATTEND)

Never Once a month or less Once a week or less Several times a week TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 23.2%
79
24.2%
152
47.0%
355
73.8%
206
39.5%
792
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 8.8%
30
12.2%
77
15.9%
120
10.0%
28
12.7%
255
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 36.1%
123
38.3%
241
26.6%
201
9.7%
27
29.5%
592
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 32.0%
109
25.3%
159
10.6%
80
6.5%
18
18.3%
366
TOTAL 100.0%
341
100.0%
629
100.0%
756
100.0%
279

2005


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college/trade/technical school College graduate TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 55.8%
202
44.0%
292
36.4%
203
22.8%
99
39.5%
796
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 15.5%
56
13.4%
89
10.8%
60
12.0%
52
12.7%
257
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 19.3%
70
28.2%
187
30.9%
172
37.5%
163
29.4%
592
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 9.4%
34
14.3%
95
21.9%
122
27.8%
121
18.4%
372
TOTAL 100.0%
362
100.0%
663
100.0%
557
100.0%
435

2017


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 31.0%
159
39.2%
217
51.4%
318
31.6%
107
39.6%
801
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 15.0%
77
11.6%
64
14.1%
87
8.6%
29
12.7%
257
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 36.3%
186
30.4%
168
20.2%
125
33.6%
114
29.3%
593
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 17.7%
91
18.8%
104
14.4%
89
26.3%
89
18.4%
373
TOTAL 100.0%
513
100.0%
553
100.0%
619
100.0%
339

2024


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 34.2%
332
44.9%
456
39.7%
788
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 13.6%
132
12.0%
122
12.8%
254
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 32.8%
318
25.5%
259
29.1%
577
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 19.4%
188
17.5%
178
18.4%
366
TOTAL 100.0%
970
100.0%
1015

1985


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish Other TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 42.1%
456
40.9%
255
8.3%
4
56.3%
49
41.5%
764
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 12.3%
133
16.0%
100
8.3%
4
8.0%
7
13.3%
244
Abortion is not murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 28.0%
303
31.9%
199
27.1%
13
20.7%
18
29.0%
533
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 17.6%
190
11.2%
70
56.3%
27
14.9%
13
16.3%
300
TOTAL 100.0%
1082
100.0%
624
100.0%
48
100.0%
87

1841