Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

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ABMORAL

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

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? [Answered only if FORM = 1.]
  1) Morally wrong in nearly all circumstances
  2) Morally wrong in some circumstances
  3) Not a moral issue
  9) Don't Know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Morally wrong in nearly all circumstances 23.8% 23.8%
Morally wrong in some circumstances 48.8% 72.6%
Not a moral issue 24.6% 97.2%
Don't Know/Refused 2.8% 100%
Total N = 996

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
Morally wrong in nearly all circumstances 21.7% 19.5% 22.4% 26.9% 24.6% 23.7%
Morally wrong in some circumstances 49.2% 56.8% 53.1% 43.5% 45.1% 48.6%
Not a moral issue 25.0% 21.3% 24.0% 27.5% 24.6% 24.9%
Don't Know/Refused 4.2% 2.4% 0.5% 2.1% 5.7% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
983


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Morally wrong in nearly all circumstances 48.1% 29.8% 19.0% 14.6% 14.4% 7.8% 23.7%
Morally wrong in some circumstances 42.4% 49.4% 56.3% 54.8% 48.8% 39.1% 48.8%
Not a moral issue 7.0% 17.6% 21.1% 28.0% 35.0% 50.4% 24.7%
Don't Know/Refused 2.5% 3.1% 3.5% 2.5% 1.9% 2.6% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
988


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some college, no 4-year degree (or Vocational or Technical degree AFTER high school) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school TOTAL
Morally wrong in nearly all circumstances 29.9% 23.5% 22.9% 20.1% 22.1% 23.5%
Morally wrong in some circumstances 41.8% 48.4% 54.1% 48.8% 47.1% 48.8%
Not a moral issue 24.6% 24.4% 20.8% 29.9% 28.8% 24.9%
Don't Know/Refused 3.7% 3.7% 2.2% 1.2% 1.9% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
988


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Morally wrong in nearly all circumstances 22.0% 25.4% 23.8%
Morally wrong in some circumstances 48.2% 49.2% 48.7%
Not a moral issue 26.2% 23.3% 24.7%
Don't Know/Refused 3.5% 2.1% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
996


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 20 to under $30,000 30 to under $50,000 50 to under $75,000 75 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Morally wrong in nearly all circumstances 27.2% 24.3% 22.7% 29.6% 19.2% 20.3% 23.9%
Morally wrong in some circumstances 41.8% 50.5% 56.0% 43.7% 51.7% 49.7% 49.2%
Not a moral issue 27.8% 24.3% 19.8% 25.9% 27.5% 29.4% 25.4%
Don't Know/Refused 3.2% 1.0% 1.4% 0.7% 1.7% 0.7% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
862


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Morally wrong in nearly all circumstances 26.5% 19.3% 28.3% 17.0% 23.5%
Morally wrong in some circumstances 48.8% 45.3% 52.2% 50.5% 48.9%
Not a moral issue 22.9% 32.9% 17.4% 26.7% 24.8%
Don't Know/Refused 1.9% 2.5% 2.2% 5.8% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
990



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