State of Disunion Survey, 1996

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ABORTION

Which of these statements best describes your feeling about abortion?
  1) Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder.
  2) Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born.
  3) Abortion is no murder, but it does involve the taking of human life.
  4) Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue.
  5) Don't know

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 782 39.3% 39.3% -1.05
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 201 10.1% 49.4% -.34
Abortion is no murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 492 24.7% 74.1% .37
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 305 15.3% 89.4% 1.08
Don't know 210 10.6% 100% 1.79

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years old 30-44 years old 45-59 years old 60-74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 35.1%
136
36.6%
234
40.5%
168
46.1%
173
41.5%
68
39.3%
779
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 10.3%
40
10.2%
65
10.6%
44
8.8%
33
11.0%
18
10.1%
200
Abortion is no murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 29.1%
113
27.5%
176
22.9%
95
20.0%
75
19.5%
32
24.8%
491
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 14.2%
55
15.2%
97
16.4%
68
16.5%
62
13.4%
22
15.3%
304
Don't know 11.3%
44
10.6%
68
9.6%
40
8.5%
32
14.6%
24
10.5%
208
TOTAL 100.0%
388
100.0%
640
100.0%
415
100.0%
375
100.0%
164

1982


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college/trade/technical school Bachelor's degree Graduate degree TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 51.1%
166
39.9%
270
38.0%
200
31.0%
96
32.9%
49
39.3%
781
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 11.7%
38
11.8%
80
8.9%
47
8.1%
25
7.4%
11
10.1%
201
Abortion is no murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 15.1%
49
22.6%
153
26.9%
142
31.6%
98
32.9%
49
24.7%
491
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 9.5%
31
14.2%
96
15.2%
80
21.9%
68
20.1%
30
15.3%
305
Don't know 12.6%
41
11.5%
78
11.0%
58
7.4%
23
6.7%
10
10.6%
210
TOTAL 100.0%
325
100.0%
677
100.0%
527
100.0%
310
100.0%
149

1988


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish Other TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 41.9%
458
43.8%
277
9.1%
4
30.5%
32
41.1%
771
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 9.8%
107
11.1%
70
15.9%
7
8.6%
9
10.3%
193
Abortion is no murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 22.9%
251
26.6%
168
27.3%
12
23.8%
25
24.3%
456
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 14.2%
155
9.5%
60
45.5%
20
27.6%
29
14.1%
264
Don't know 11.2%
123
9.0%
57
2.3%
1
9.5%
10
10.2%
191
TOTAL 100.0%
1094
100.0%
632
100.0%
44
100.0%
105

1875


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Democrat Independent Republican Other party member TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 36.9%
278
36.2%
194
46.5%
229
27.8%
5
39.2%
706
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 9.8%
74
9.7%
52
11.0%
54
5.6%
1
10.1%
181
Abortion is no murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 23.5%
177
27.8%
149
25.2%
124
33.3%
6
25.3%
456
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 19.5%
147
15.5%
83
11.6%
57
16.7%
3
16.1%
290
Don't know 10.3%
78
10.8%
58
5.7%
28
16.7%
3
9.3%
167
TOTAL 100.0%
754
100.0%
536
100.0%
492
100.0%
18

1800


Sex (I-SEX)

Female Male TOTAL
Abortion is just as bad as killing a person who has already been born; it is murder. 39.6%
387
39.0%
395
39.3%
782
Abortion is murder, but it is not as bad as killing someone who has already been born. 8.1%
79
12.0%
122
10.1%
201
Abortion is no murder, but it does involve the taking of human life. 26.1%
255
23.4%
237
24.7%
492
Abortion is not murder; it is a surgical procedure for removing human tissue. 16.5%
161
14.2%
144
15.3%
305
Don't know 9.7%
95
11.4%
115
10.6%
210
TOTAL 100.0%
977
100.0%
1013

1990

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