Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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ABORTN_A

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

Now thinking about the abortion issue... Do you think abortion should be... [Choices read in reverse order for random half of sample] (Q125)
  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 15.9% 15.9%
Legal in most cases 29.1% 45%
Illegal in most cases 28.2% 73.2%
Illegal in all cases 16.9% 90.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 9.9% 100%
Total N = 2010

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 21.6% 19.0% 14.7% 15.7% 16.4% 9.8% 15.9%
Legal in most cases 32.2% 27.2% 31.3% 31.2% 30.0% 23.3% 29.2%
Illegal in most cases 24.3% 28.9% 27.7% 26.7% 29.6% 32.2% 28.3%
Illegal in all cases 17.3% 15.4% 16.0% 14.9% 14.8% 22.9% 16.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.6% 9.5% 10.4% 11.5% 9.2% 11.8% 9.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1980


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 14.7% 20.2% 16.0% 15.6% 13.7% 17.0% 16.1%
Legal in most cases 20.4% 27.1% 28.9% 34.3% 36.3% 37.2% 29.9%
Illegal in most cases 24.5% 27.1% 30.1% 32.0% 29.0% 32.8% 29.1%
Illegal in all cases 24.9% 18.2% 16.9% 11.6% 14.3% 8.1% 16.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 15.6% 7.4% 8.1% 6.6% 6.7% 5.1% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1652


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Legal in all cases 12.3% 21.7% 18.7% 11.8% 21.9% 15.9%
Legal in most cases 28.8% 30.9% 27.4% 21.1% 32.6% 29.2%
Illegal in most cases 32.2% 21.2% 26.3% 24.3% 23.4% 28.3%
Illegal in all cases 17.9% 14.1% 15.2% 28.3% 13.5% 16.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.8% 12.2% 12.4% 14.6% 8.6% 9.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1999


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 10.9% 12.2% 12.3% 38.1% 31.1% 15.9%
Legal in most cases 26.2% 30.8% 27.9% 41.1% 31.3% 29.0%
Illegal in most cases 32.4% 30.0% 30.8% 6.7% 20.0% 28.4%
Illegal in all cases 20.2% 16.4% 21.9% 4.8% 9.0% 17.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 10.4% 10.6% 7.1% 9.3% 8.7% 9.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1974


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 10.6% 16.1% 16.1% 16.1% 21.3% 15.9%
Legal in most cases 17.0% 28.1% 29.2% 36.6% 34.8% 29.0%
Illegal in most cases 28.4% 28.9% 29.7% 27.3% 24.6% 28.3%
Illegal in all cases 28.7% 18.4% 15.8% 9.7% 11.0% 16.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 15.3% 8.6% 9.1% 10.3% 8.2% 9.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Legal in all cases 13.0% 18.7% 15.9%
Legal in most cases 29.8% 28.5% 29.1%
Illegal in most cases 31.3% 25.3% 28.2%
Illegal in all cases 15.6% 18.1% 16.9%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 10.2% 9.5% 9.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Legal in all cases 2.0% 9.6% 15.0% 27.8% 44.0% 16.0%
Legal in most cases 15.6% 22.4% 35.2% 39.7% 31.2% 29.8%
Illegal in most cases 40.7% 36.3% 29.1% 15.0% 11.2% 29.1%
Illegal in all cases 39.4% 21.9% 11.3% 9.2% 8.3% 16.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.3% 9.8% 9.5% 8.3% 5.4% 8.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1908