43% Favor Waiting Period Before Abortion, 43% Oppose
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Voters for the first time are evenly divided over whether there should be a waiting period before a woman can get an abortion, but the importance of abortion as a voting issue has fallen to its lowest level in a year-and-a-half.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters continue to favor a waiting period before an abortion, but that's down from 47% in July and an all-time high of 56% in February, 2011. Forty-three percent (43%) now also oppose a waiting period requirement, a six-point jump from July and a new high. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 6-7, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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