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% 100.0%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

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


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-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
Generally available 25.0% 36.6% 33.9% 19.8% 31.9%
Available, but under stricter limits 21.0% 23.2% 26.8% 20.9% 23.8%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 40.2% 29.7% 29.7% 42.9% 33.1%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 12.6% 8.1% 7.8% 13.2% 9.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 2.4% 1.7% 3.3% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


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


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Christian Jewish Muslim Other non-Christian No preference Agnostic or Atheist TOTAL
Generally available 27.7% 89.4% 23.8% 45.6% 55.1% 71.4% 32.0%
Available, but under stricter limits 24.3% 6.4% 19.0% 25.4% 18.7% 10.7% 23.4%
Against law except rape/incest/save life 36.2% 2.1% 38.1% 18.4% 17.3% 17.9% 33.2%
Abortion should not be permitted at all 9.9% 2.1% 4.8% 8.8% 8.3% 0.0% 9.5%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 0.0% 14.3% 1.8% 0.7% 0.0% 1.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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