The Right to Die II, November 2005

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ABORTION

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

Which comes closer to your view? Abortion should be generally available to those who want it; Abortion should be available but under stricter limits than it is now; Abortion should be against the law except in cases of rape, incest and to save the woman's life; Abortion should not be permitted at all.
  1) Generally available
  2) Available, but under stricter limits
  3) Against law except rape/incest/save life
  4) Abortion should not be permitted at all
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Generally available 29.5% 29.5%
Available, but under stricter limits 18.8% 48.3%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 31.3% 79.6%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 16.5% 96.1%
Don't know/Refused 3.9% 100%
Total N = 1500

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Generally available 20.1% 31.4% 29.9% 34.5% 31.5% 28.4% 29.7%
Available, but under stricter limits 23.3% 22.3% 18.2% 17.9% 21.6% 12.3% 19.0%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 34.5% 32.6% 29.3% 32.2% 24.5% 33.2% 31.1%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 19.9% 10.6% 18.5% 12.5% 18.0% 20.2% 16.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 3.1% 4.1% 2.9% 4.3% 5.9% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1476


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate TOTAL
Generally available 17.2% 26.1% 30.5% 39.4% 29.6%
Available, but under stricter limits 9.6% 18.1% 23.2% 20.5% 18.9%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 35.0% 32.9% 33.6% 25.3% 31.3%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 31.8% 18.5% 10.2% 11.6% 16.4%
Don't know/Refused 6.4% 4.4% 2.5% 3.3% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1491


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Generally available 28.6% 30.5% 29.5%
Available, but under stricter limits 20.3% 17.5% 18.8%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 32.7% 30.1% 31.3%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 14.5% 18.2% 16.4%
Don't know/Refused 4.0% 3.8% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1500


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married or Living with a partner Divorced or Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Generally available 28.6% 34.0% 21.2% 32.2% 29.5%
Available, but under stricter limits 18.7% 16.9% 9.9% 23.7% 18.8%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 32.5% 33.8% 34.4% 26.0% 31.4%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 16.3% 12.1% 28.6% 14.5% 16.4%
Don't know/Refused 3.8% 3.3% 5.9% 3.6% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1486


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant (include Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, Jehovah's Witness, Church of Christ, etc.) Roman Catholic Other religion No religion, not a believer, atheist, agnostic TOTAL
Generally available 24.7% 26.4% 29.7% 48.9% 29.2%
Available, but under stricter limits 18.3% 17.6% 20.7% 21.1% 18.8%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 34.4% 32.3% 31.7% 21.3% 31.7%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 18.8% 18.9% 14.0% 6.1% 16.5%
Don't know/Refused 3.8% 4.7% 3.9% 2.5% 3.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1463


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Generally available 17.3% 41.3% 29.9% 30.5%
Available, but under stricter limits 15.0% 19.7% 23.2% 19.4%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 38.4% 24.6% 32.1% 31.2%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 26.0% 10.3% 12.1% 15.6%
Don't know/Refused 3.2% 4.1% 2.7% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1362



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