Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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ABORTN

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

Do you think abortion should be... [Choices were read in reverse order for random half of the sample] (Combination of ABORTN_A and ABORTN_B)
  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 16.3% 16.3%
Legal in most cases 30.6% 46.9%
Illegal in most cases 27.4% 74.3%
Illegal in all cases 17.3% 91.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.4% 100%
Total N = 4013

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 19.7% 18.9% 17.1% 14.9% 17.5% 11.3% 16.4%
Legal in most cases 32.4% 30.4% 32.0% 31.4% 31.3% 26.1% 30.5%
Illegal in most cases 25.7% 27.0% 27.5% 27.4% 26.5% 29.8% 27.4%
Illegal in all cases 17.9% 18.0% 15.4% 16.1% 15.5% 21.8% 17.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.3% 5.7% 8.0% 10.2% 9.2% 11.0% 8.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3951


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 16.3% 18.9% 14.3% 18.4% 15.0% 17.7% 16.6%
Legal in most cases 22.4% 27.6% 29.8% 36.6% 35.0% 37.5% 31.2%
Illegal in most cases 24.0% 29.7% 30.1% 26.8% 29.1% 28.8% 28.0%
Illegal in all cases 25.1% 16.3% 19.0% 12.2% 14.0% 10.3% 16.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 12.1% 7.6% 6.8% 6.0% 7.0% 5.7% 7.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3280


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Legal in all cases 13.5% 21.9% 19.1% 11.7% 21.4% 16.3%
Legal in most cases 29.6% 37.1% 33.0% 24.7% 31.5% 30.6%
Illegal in most cases 31.0% 16.4% 24.1% 25.2% 24.3% 27.5%
Illegal in all cases 18.2% 15.3% 13.8% 24.5% 15.8% 17.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.7% 9.3% 10.0% 13.9% 7.0% 8.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3989


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 11.8% 11.7% 10.8% 38.1% 31.6% 16.3%
Legal in most cases 27.9% 32.2% 25.5% 39.9% 35.4% 30.5%
Illegal in most cases 31.1% 28.6% 34.2% 9.8% 17.4% 27.5%
Illegal in all cases 20.7% 17.6% 23.0% 5.9% 8.8% 17.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.5% 9.9% 6.6% 6.3% 6.8% 8.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3954


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 11.8% 15.7% 16.4% 17.8% 21.3% 16.4%
Legal in most cases 19.9% 30.1% 29.5% 37.1% 37.4% 30.5%
Illegal in most cases 27.5% 27.9% 28.6% 26.8% 24.4% 27.4%
Illegal in all cases 29.3% 18.8% 16.7% 11.1% 9.9% 17.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 11.5% 7.6% 8.8% 7.2% 7.0% 8.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3990


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Legal in all cases 13.7% 18.8% 16.3%
Legal in most cases 30.1% 31.0% 30.6%
Illegal in most cases 30.2% 24.8% 27.4%
Illegal in all cases 17.0% 17.6% 17.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.9% 7.8% 8.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
4013


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Legal in all cases 4.4% 9.0% 16.0% 27.1% 46.5% 16.5%
Legal in most cases 12.4% 24.1% 38.1% 42.5% 25.6% 31.3%
Illegal in most cases 36.9% 37.1% 27.0% 14.0% 11.7% 28.2%
Illegal in all cases 41.2% 22.8% 10.6% 8.3% 11.1% 16.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 5.1% 7.0% 8.3% 8.1% 5.0% 7.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3801