Support abortion because of defect
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Support abortion because of defect (Demographic Patterns)

Please tell me whether or not you think it should be possible for a pregnant woman to obtain a legal abortion . . . A. If there is a strong chance of serious defect in the baby? Results weighted by WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Support abortion because of defect by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Yes73.7%
1106
68.9%
1183
71.2%
2289
No22.3%
334
26.4%
454
24.5%
788
Dont know2.7%
41
3.2%
55
3.0%
96
No answer1.3%
19
1.5%
25
1.4%
44
Missing7579271684
TOTAL 100.0%
1500
100.0%
1717

3217



Support abortion because of defect by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Yes82.8%
424
82.2%
314
75.9%
858
69.7%
297
53.1%
288
43.8%
56

53
71.7%
2237
No12.9%
66
14.4%
55
19.9%
225
26.5%
113
42.8%
232
55.5%
71

25
24.4%
762
Dont know2.1%
11
2.6%
10
3.1%
35
2.8%
12
3.1%
17
0.0%
0

11
2.7%
85
No answer2.1%
11
0.8%
3
1.1%
13
0.9%
4
0.9%
5
0.8%
1

8
1.2%
37
Missing2672175922432526401635
TOTAL 100.0%
512
100.0%
382
100.0%
1131
100.0%
426
100.0%
542
100.0%
128

97

3121



Support abortion because of defect by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Yes67.9%
399
70.2%
605
73.3%
695
72.7%
404
70.0%
166

21
71.1%
2269
No27.4%
161
25.1%
216
24.4%
231
22.7%
126
21.5%
51

3
24.6%
785
Dont know3.2%
19
3.5%
30
1.7%
16
3.4%
19
4.2%
10

1
2.9%
94
No answer1.5%
9
1.3%
11
0.6%
6
1.3%
7
4.2%
10

1
1.3%
43
Missing37844246227210601660
TOTAL 100.0%
588
100.0%
862
100.0%
948
100.0%
556
100.0%
237

26

3191



Support abortion because of defect by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestMissingTOTAL
Yes73.8%
388
68.0%
469
67.0%
840
79.4%
592

0
71.2%
2289
No20.2%
106
28.4%
196
28.5%
358
16.9%
126

1
24.4%
786
Dont know4.9%
26
2.6%
18
3.0%
37
2.1%
16

0
3.0%
97
No answer1.1%
6
1.0%
7
1.5%
19
1.6%
12

0
1.4%
44
Missing31836262238101683
TOTAL 100.0%
526
100.0%
690
100.0%
1254
100.0%
746

1

3216



Support abortion because of defect by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Yes66.7%
1045
67.9%
546
90.3%
56
86.8%
454
72.7%
176

13
71.2%
2277
No29.4%
461
26.9%
216
8.1%
5
9.2%
48
21.9%
53

4
24.5%
783
Dont know2.3%
36
4.0%
32
1.6%
1
3.1%
16
4.1%
10

1
3.0%
95
No answer1.6%
25
1.2%
10
0.0%
0
1.0%
5
1.2%
3

1
1.3%
43
Missing7684403228714301670
TOTAL 100.0%
1567
100.0%
804
100.0%
62
100.0%
523
100.0%
242

19

3198



Support abortion because of defect by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Yes72.4%
1780
64.0%
270
70.7%
239
71.2%
2289
No23.6%
580
30.3%
128
23.4%
79
24.5%
787
Dont know3.0%
73
2.6%
11
3.6%
12
3.0%
96
No answer1.0%
24
3.1%
13
2.4%
8
1.4%
45
Missing12692401741683
TOTAL 100.0%
2457
100.0%
422
100.0%
338

3217



Support abortion because of defect by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Yes84.9%
781
79.2%
343
80.7%
281
67.6%
361
57.1%
68
58.5%
354

101
73.9%
2188
No11.2%
103
17.3%
75
13.5%
47
29.4%
157
37.0%
44
36.2%
219

144
21.8%
645
Dont know2.4%
22
2.8%
12
3.4%
12
1.9%
10
4.2%
5
4.0%
24

11
2.9%
85
No answer1.5%
14
0.7%
3
2.3%
8
1.1%
6
1.7%
2
1.3%
8

2
1.4%
41
Missing4952501612518931001556
TOTAL 100.0%
920
100.0%
433
100.0%
348
100.0%
534
100.0%
119
100.0%
605

258

2959



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2010 GSS. There are a total of 4,901 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.