Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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

As far as you know, what is Barack Obama's position on abortion? Is he pro-choice, that is, supports a woman's right to choose an abortion, or is he pro-life, that is, supports restricting access to abortion in most cases? (Q135)
  1) Pro-choice/supports a woman's right to choose
  2) Pro-life/supports restricting access in most cases
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Pro-choice/supports a woman's right to choose 58% 58%
Pro-life/supports restricting access in most cases 13.7% 71.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 28.4% 100.1%
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
Pro-choice/supports a woman's right to choose 59.0% 54.7% 56.4% 65.5% 58.7% 52.2% 57.9%
Pro-life/supports restricting access in most cases 17.8% 14.5% 14.8% 11.1% 10.5% 14.3% 13.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 23.1% 30.8% 28.8% 23.4% 30.7% 33.5% 28.4%
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
Pro-choice/supports a woman's right to choose 37.8% 50.5% 58.3% 69.8% 72.1% 73.5% 58.8%
Pro-life/supports restricting access in most cases 25.7% 12.5% 14.0% 10.0% 5.6% 8.8% 13.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 36.5% 37.0% 27.7% 20.2% 22.3% 17.8% 27.3%
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
Pro-choice/supports a woman's right to choose 61.9% 47.9% 47.5% 46.3% 60.1% 57.9%
Pro-life/supports restricting access in most cases 11.2% 20.3% 18.9% 12.9% 15.0% 13.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 26.9% 31.8% 33.5% 40.8% 24.9% 28.4%
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
Pro-choice/supports a woman's right to choose 58.6% 57.6% 58.9% 70.1% 53.0% 58.0%
Pro-life/supports restricting access in most cases 11.5% 19.4% 13.8% 6.1% 12.9% 13.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 29.8% 22.9% 27.4% 23.7% 34.1% 28.3%
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
Pro-choice/supports a woman's right to choose 36.0% 46.1% 64.6% 74.5% 80.2% 58.0%
Pro-life/supports restricting access in most cases 23.2% 19.8% 8.5% 5.9% 7.8% 13.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 40.8% 34.1% 26.9% 19.6% 12.0% 28.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Pro-choice/supports a woman's right to choose 55.4% 60.3% 58.0%
Pro-life/supports restricting access in most cases 15.7% 11.7% 13.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 28.9% 27.9% 28.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Pro-choice/supports a woman's right to choose 75.3% 55.7% 60.0% 57.7% 62.7% 59.5%
Pro-life/supports restricting access in most cases 8.2% 15.1% 14.0% 15.3% 14.2% 14.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 16.4% 29.2% 26.0% 26.9% 23.1% 26.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1908