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Half of U.S. Voters are Pro-Choice, But 53% Say Abortion's Usually Morally Wrong

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Voters remain as divided as ever on the issue of abortion.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters consider themselves pro-choice, while 40% say they are pro-life, the same split found over three years ago.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

However, that does not mean half of U.S. voters are abortion advocates.  Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters consider abortion morally wrong most of the time, while just 32% say it is morally acceptable most of the time. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. This has been the view on abortion for almost five years

A closer look finds that 22% of pro-choice voters agree with 91% of pro-lifers that abortion is morally wrong most of the time, and another 24% of those who are pro-choice are undecided. But most pro-choice voters (54%) say abortion is morally acceptable most of the time.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 14-15, 2011 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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