Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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ABORTN_B

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

On another subject... Do you think abortion should be... [Choices were read in reverse order for random half of the sample] (Q240)
  1) Legal in all cases
  2) Legal in most cases
  3) Illegal in most cases
  4) Illegal in all cases
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Legal in all cases 16.8% 16.8%
Legal in most cases 32% 48.8%
Illegal in most cases 26.6% 75.4%
Illegal in all cases 17.8% 93.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.9% 100.1%
Total N = 2003

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older TOTAL
Legal in all cases 17.7% 18.8% 19.7% 14.0% 18.5% 12.8% 16.8%
Legal in most cases 32.6% 33.5% 32.7% 31.7% 32.6% 29.0% 32.0%
Illegal in most cases 27.1% 25.2% 27.3% 28.1% 23.6% 27.4% 26.5%
Illegal in all cases 18.6% 20.3% 14.9% 17.3% 16.1% 20.7% 18.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.0% 2.2% 5.4% 8.9% 9.2% 10.1% 6.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Legal in all cases 18.6% 17.6% 12.7% 21.0% 16.2% 18.3% 17.2%
Legal in most cases 25.1% 28.1% 30.7% 38.6% 33.6% 37.8% 32.4%
Illegal in most cases 23.4% 32.3% 30.2% 22.0% 29.2% 25.1% 26.9%
Illegal in all cases 25.4% 14.4% 21.0% 12.8% 13.7% 12.5% 17.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.4% 7.7% 5.5% 5.6% 7.3% 6.2% 6.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1628


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Legal in all cases 14.7% 22.0% 19.6% 11.6% 21.0% 16.8%
Legal in most cases 30.3% 43.5% 39.8% 27.9% 30.2% 31.9%
Illegal in most cases 29.9% 11.6% 21.5% 25.8% 25.3% 26.6%
Illegal in all cases 18.5% 16.6% 12.2% 21.3% 18.3% 17.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.6% 6.3% 7.0% 13.2% 5.2% 6.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1990


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
Legal in all cases 12.7% 11.2% 8.8% 37.9% 32.0% 16.7%
Legal in most cases 29.6% 33.6% 22.5% 39.3% 39.3% 31.9%
Illegal in most cases 29.8% 27.1% 38.4% 12.2% 15.0% 26.6%
Illegal in all cases 21.2% 18.8% 24.4% 6.8% 8.6% 18.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.7% 9.2% 5.9% 3.7% 5.1% 6.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1980


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than a high school diploma High school graduate Some college, no four-year degree Four-year college degree Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
Legal in all cases 13.1% 15.3% 16.7% 19.6% 21.3% 16.8%
Legal in most cases 22.9% 32.2% 29.7% 37.6% 39.8% 32.0%
Illegal in most cases 26.6% 26.7% 27.5% 26.2% 24.2% 26.6%
Illegal in all cases 29.9% 19.3% 17.5% 12.5% 8.8% 17.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.6% 6.5% 8.5% 4.1% 5.9% 6.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Legal in all cases 14.5% 18.9% 16.8%
Legal in most cases 30.4% 33.5% 32.0%
Illegal in most cases 29.0% 24.3% 26.6%
Illegal in all cases 18.5% 17.2% 17.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.6% 6.2% 6.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Legal in all cases 6.5% 8.4% 17.0% 26.4% 49.2% 16.9%
Legal in most cases 9.6% 25.9% 41.2% 45.0% 19.8% 32.7%
Illegal in most cases 33.5% 38.0% 24.9% 13.1% 12.1% 27.2%
Illegal in all cases 42.8% 23.6% 9.9% 7.7% 14.2% 17.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.6% 4.1% 7.0% 7.8% 4.7% 6.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
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