Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

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ABORTION

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

Do you think abortion should be . . . ? (Choices read in reverse order for half of the sample, as per RDMABORT) (Q26)
  1) Legal in all cases
  2) Legal in most cases
  3) Illegal in most cases
  4) Illegal in all cases
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Legal in all cases 17.1% 17.1%
Legal in most cases 36.5% 53.6%
Illegal in most cases 26.3% 79.9%
Illegal in all cases 15.2% 95.1%
Don't know/Refused 4.8% 99.9%
Total N = 2905

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+ TOTAL
Legal in all cases 17.7% 20.4% 18.2% 12.8% 9.4% 17.2%
Legal in most cases 34.3% 35.1% 39.3% 38.2% 34.0% 36.5%
Illegal in most cases 27.3% 25.3% 25.1% 27.9% 28.6% 26.3%
Illegal in all cases 17.4% 14.9% 12.4% 14.3% 23.2% 15.2%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 4.2% 5.0% 6.9% 4.9% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2851


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Legal in all cases 10.4% 11.1% 14.0% 18.4% 23.8% 34.1% 17.1%
Legal in most cases 15.0% 29.9% 43.5% 45.9% 46.3% 40.5% 36.6%
Illegal in most cases 37.0% 32.4% 28.0% 23.1% 17.3% 12.5% 26.3%
Illegal in all cases 32.6% 21.8% 10.2% 6.8% 8.9% 8.1% 15.2%
Don't know/Refused 4.9% 4.9% 4.2% 5.8% 3.7% 4.7% 4.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2873


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school diploma High school graduate (grade 12 or GED certificate) Business, technical or vocational school AFTER high school or some college (no four-year degree) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other four-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
Legal in all cases 12.1% 15.7% 19.6% 18.7% 21.6% 17.2%
Legal in most cases 25.7% 34.9% 36.6% 45.5% 42.9% 36.6%
Illegal in most cases 26.0% 27.1% 28.9% 21.9% 25.2% 26.3%
Illegal in all cases 30.5% 17.7% 11.0% 8.5% 5.3% 15.2%
Don't know/Refused 5.7% 4.5% 3.9% 5.3% 5.0% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2869


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Legal in all cases 15.4% 17.1% 18.2% 16.9% 18.5% 17.8% 17.2%
Legal in most cases 30.5% 36.8% 33.3% 40.4% 44.5% 45.4% 37.7%
Illegal in most cases 24.7% 22.8% 28.8% 27.8% 24.4% 25.2% 25.9%
Illegal in all cases 24.1% 19.2% 15.0% 11.8% 7.5% 7.8% 14.8%
Don't know/Refused 5.3% 4.2% 4.7% 3.1% 5.2% 3.8% 4.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2554


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal or very liberal TOTAL
Legal in all cases 11.2% 11.4% 16.2% 33.8% 17.4%
Legal in most cases 17.4% 36.5% 41.1% 43.1% 35.9%
Illegal in most cases 37.2% 33.0% 29.9% 11.7% 28.4%
Illegal in all cases 31.0% 16.3% 6.7% 9.0% 14.4%
Don't know/Refused 3.3% 2.9% 6.2% 2.4% 3.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1411


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other or Jewish None TOTAL
Legal in all cases 13.6% 15.6% 19.3% 27.0% 16.8%
Legal in most cases 35.7% 33.6% 37.2% 44.8% 36.6%
Illegal in most cases 30.5% 25.5% 26.8% 16.2% 26.7%
Illegal in all cases 15.0% 21.0% 13.0% 7.3% 15.2%
Don't know/Refused 5.2% 4.4% 3.7% 4.7% 4.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
2821


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Legal in all cases 14.2% 19.9% 17.1%
Legal in most cases 39.0% 34.2% 36.5%
Illegal in most cases 26.9% 25.8% 26.3%
Illegal in all cases 14.7% 15.7% 15.2%
Don't know/Refused 5.3% 4.3% 4.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2905



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