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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 WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Support abortion because of defect by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Yes69.5%
397
68.4%
589
74.9%
669
75.2%
437
68.3%
140

16
71.7%
2232
No26.6%
152
25.9%
223
21.3%
190
19.3%
112
21.5%
44

7
23.2%
721
Don't know2.6%
15
4.4%
38
2.8%
25
3.6%
21
5.4%
11

3
3.5%
110
No answer1.2%
7
1.3%
11
1.0%
9
1.9%
11
4.9%
10

0
1.5%
48
Missing36946243329211101667
TOTAL 100.0%
571
100.0%
861
100.0%
893
100.0%
581
100.0%
205

26

3111



Support abortion because of defect by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Yes82.0%
790
86.2%
357
75.8%
254
71.1%
335
63.2%
79
52.8%
429

3
71.9%
2244
No12.9%
124
10.6%
44
19.7%
66
24.0%
113
32.8%
41
41.1%
334

8
23.1%
722
Don't know4.0%
39
1.4%
6
3.3%
11
4.2%
20
3.2%
4
3.8%
31

2
3.6%
111
No answer1.1%
11
1.7%
7
1.2%
4
0.6%
3
0.8%
1
2.3%
19

2
1.4%
45
Missing5512271562586142901682
TOTAL 100.0%
964
100.0%
414
100.0%
335
100.0%
471
100.0%
125
100.0%
813

15

3122



Support abortion because of defect by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Yes87.0%
414
78.2%
258
76.7%
871
72.4%
317
50.0%
314

73
72.3%
2174
No10.7%
51
20.0%
66
17.7%
201
24.9%
109
41.9%
263

39
22.9%
690
Don't know1.7%
8
1.2%
4
3.6%
41
2.1%
9
6.2%
39

11
3.4%
101
No answer0.6%
3
0.6%
2
1.9%
22
0.7%
3
1.9%
12

6
1.4%
42
Missing27021161426027201627
TOTAL 100.0%
476
100.0%
330
100.0%
1135
100.0%
438
100.0%
628

129

3007



Support abortion because of defect by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Yes72.8%
1708
68.8%
327
67.3%
212
71.6%
2247
No21.9%
514
25.5%
121
29.8%
94
23.2%
729
Don't know3.7%
88
3.8%
18
2.2%
7
3.6%
113
No answer1.6%
37
1.9%
9
0.6%
2
1.5%
48
Missing12852291691683
TOTAL 100.0%
2347
100.0%
475
100.0%
315

3137



Support abortion because of defect by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Yes67.3%
987
69.6%
519
98.3%
58
84.0%
493
67.9%
182

8
71.6%
2239
No27.5%
404
23.6%
176
1.7%
1
12.1%
71
28.7%
77

0
23.3%
729
Don't know3.5%
52
5.0%
37
0.0%
0
2.7%
16
3.0%
8

0
3.6%
113
No answer1.6%
24
1.9%
14
0.0%
0
1.2%
7
0.4%
1

1
1.5%
46
Missing7593853037213301679
TOTAL 100.0%
1467
100.0%
746
100.0%
59
100.0%
587
100.0%
268

9

3127



Support abortion because of defect by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Yes73.2%
1052
70.3%
1195
71.6%
2247
No21.6%
310
24.7%
420
23.3%
730
Don't know3.8%
54
3.5%
59
3.6%
113
No answer1.5%
22
1.5%
25
1.5%
47
Missing7928911683
TOTAL 100.0%
1438
100.0%
1699

3137



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 2012 GSS. There are a total of 4,820 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.




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