Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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MORAB_A

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

Do you personally believe that having an abortion is morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? (Q180A) [Note: MORAB_A through MORAL_A were read together as a block, but were read in a random order within the block.]
  1) Morally acceptable
  2) Morally wrong
  3) Not a moral issue
  4) Depends on situation (VOL.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Morally acceptable 10.4% 10.4%
Morally wrong 52.4% 62.8%
Not a moral issue 24.9% 87.7%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 8.3% 96%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4% 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
Morally acceptable 8.6% 9.3% 10.0% 12.9% 10.7% 9.6% 10.3%
Morally wrong 51.8% 56.9% 53.3% 48.1% 48.9% 56.2% 52.5%
Not a moral issue 30.4% 25.9% 24.8% 21.8% 28.0% 20.5% 24.9%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 7.0% 4.9% 9.7% 11.3% 8.5% 7.9% 8.4%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.1% 3.0% 2.2% 5.9% 4.0% 5.8% 3.9%
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
Morally acceptable 9.7% 14.4% 8.3% 8.7% 12.4% 11.0% 10.4%
Morally wrong 61.6% 46.6% 57.6% 48.1% 52.0% 49.1% 53.5%
Not a moral issue 16.3% 23.6% 22.0% 33.9% 27.8% 30.7% 24.9%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 8.9% 11.1% 8.3% 6.1% 6.1% 7.4% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.5% 4.3% 3.8% 3.2% 1.6% 1.7% 3.1%
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
Morally acceptable 9.0% 15.7% 14.5% 8.7% 10.3% 10.4%
Morally wrong 55.9% 45.4% 51.2% 52.9% 47.1% 52.5%
Not a moral issue 23.3% 31.7% 22.3% 22.2% 28.6% 24.9%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 8.6% 6.1% 7.8% 5.9% 9.4% 8.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.2% 1.2% 4.2% 10.2% 4.6% 3.9%
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
Morally acceptable 10.9% 8.9% 6.8% 11.2% 14.4% 10.4%
Morally wrong 57.8% 57.8% 63.3% 23.1% 30.4% 52.6%
Not a moral issue 19.4% 22.0% 17.9% 46.0% 43.4% 24.9%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 8.2% 7.7% 8.6% 13.6% 6.9% 8.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.7% 3.6% 3.5% 6.1% 4.9% 3.9%
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
Morally acceptable 9.5% 13.0% 7.9% 10.0% 10.5% 10.4%
Morally wrong 66.7% 52.6% 49.5% 50.2% 43.6% 52.3%
Not a moral issue 13.9% 22.5% 28.9% 25.6% 35.5% 25.0%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 6.1% 8.0% 9.9% 8.8% 7.4% 8.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 5.4% 3.0% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2004


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Morally acceptable 11.0% 9.8% 10.4%
Morally wrong 51.3% 53.4% 52.4%
Not a moral issue 25.2% 24.7% 24.9%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 8.4% 8.2% 8.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.1% 3.9% 4.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2010


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Morally acceptable 4.9% 11.3% 10.2% 10.5% 17.1% 10.7%
Morally wrong 86.3% 63.2% 48.5% 30.9% 33.0% 52.6%
Not a moral issue 4.3% 15.5% 28.6% 43.5% 41.3% 25.4%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 2.0% 6.9% 10.0% 10.2% 4.7% 8.0%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.5% 3.1% 2.6% 4.9% 4.0% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
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