Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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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
  5) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Generally available 31.9% 31.9%
Available, but under stricter limits 23.6% 55.5%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 33.1% 88.6%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 9.6% 98.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 100%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Generally available 33.2% 30.8% 31.9%
Available, but under stricter limits 25.2% 22.2% 23.6%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 30.9% 35.1% 33.1%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 9.0% 10.1% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 1.8% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Generally available 25.0% 36.6% 34.0% 32.2%
Available, but under stricter limits 21.0% 23.2% 26.6% 23.7%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 40.2% 29.7% 29.7% 32.9%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 12.6% 8.1% 7.9% 9.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 2.4% 1.8% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Generally available 28.1% 34.7% 31.6% 32.1%
Available, but under stricter limits 29.7% 24.9% 17.8% 23.6%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 31.4% 30.1% 37.5% 32.9%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 9.5% 9.4% 10.2% 9.7%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 0.9% 3.0% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Generally available 29.4% 40.2% 28.4% 34.3% 32.0%
Available, but under stricter limits 23.3% 28.8% 11.7% 25.1% 23.6%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 36.6% 22.4% 40.4% 28.8% 33.0%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 9.4% 6.7% 13.7% 10.2% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 1.8% 5.8% 1.6% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


Education (I-EDUCATN)

Less than High school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some College (no 4-year degree)/Business, technical, or vocational school AFTER high school College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Generally available 21.3% 27.4% 35.0% 37.2% 51.0% 32.0%
Available, but under stricter limits 18.8% 21.6% 26.4% 30.6% 22.4% 23.7%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 38.7% 39.3% 30.3% 23.9% 20.6% 33.0%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 19.3% 9.5% 6.8% 6.2% 6.0% 9.5%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 2.2% 1.5% 2.2% 0.0% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Generally available 32.7% 27.5% 29.8% 32.0%
Available, but under stricter limits 24.4% 17.0% 24.7% 23.7%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 32.8% 35.3% 29.8% 33.0%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 8.4% 17.9% 13.1% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused 1.6% 2.3% 2.5% 1.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Generally available 24.3% 31.5% 36.2% 45.0% 32.7%
Available, but under stricter limits 20.4% 23.9% 28.0% 24.7% 24.2%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 41.3% 33.9% 26.4% 25.7% 32.6%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 11.8% 9.3% 8.0% 4.4% 8.9%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 1.3% 1.5% 0.2% 1.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Generally available 37.3% 29.1% 27.0% 38.0% 31.9%
Available, but under stricter limits 26.1% 23.8% 19.5% 27.4% 23.6%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 24.8% 36.5% 39.1% 27.6% 33.1%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 9.8% 8.8% 12.1% 6.1% 9.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 1.8% 2.3% 0.9% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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