Poll: 37% of Young Americans Back Abortion ‘Under Any Circumstances,’ 42% Back Restrictions

Jonathan Mizrahi | June 22, 2018 | 1:17pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) -- A recent Gallup poll found that 37% of young Americans (age 18-29) believe that abortion should be “legal under any circumstances,” no restrictions, while 42% of young Americans think abortion should be “legal only under certain circumstances.” In addition, 19% of young Americans believe that abortion should be “illegal in all circumstances.”

In the survey, Gallup asked if abortion “should be legal under any circumstances.”  For the 18 to 29 year olds, 37% said yes; 42% said legal only in certain circumstances; and 19% said illegal in all circumstances. 

For older people, their views became more restrictive on abortion. For instance, for those age 30 to 49, only 30% said they support unrestricted abortion and, after age 50, only 25%.

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In addition, 50% of people age 30 to 39 said abortion should be legal only under certain circumstances, and that increased to 55% for those age 65 and higher, reported Gallup. 

Those who think abortion should be illegal across the board stayed at 19% for those age 50 and higher.

Although a large percentage of Americans believe abortion should be legal only under certain circumstances, 56% of the young people (age 18 to 29) described themselves as “pro-choice,” according to the survey. Thirty-eight percent said they were “pro-life.”

The survey also showed that for older people, they are more pro-life and less pro-choice. For instance, 51% of those age 30 to 49 said they were pro-choice but 45% said they were pro-life.

Age 50 to 64? 39% pro-choice and 57% pro-life. Age 65 or older? 44% pro-choice and 52% pro-life.


For people age 50 to 64, 54% said abortion is “morally wrong” and 36% said abortion is “morally acceptable.”

“The reason behind these age differences isn't clear,” said Gallup.  “It could relate to young adults' stage of life, or to differences in religiosity by age, with young adults being less religious than those 50 and older.”

“Attitudes about abortion are also highly related to partisanship and ideology, and young people are significantly more likely to identify as Democrats and less likely to identify as Republicans than those who are older,” reported the survey firm.

“To the extent these influences change as people age, their abortion views could as well,” said Gallup.  “Future Gallup analyses will explore these questions in greater detail.”

For this survey, Gallup interviewed a random sample of 1,024 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, May 1-10, 2018. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points.

(Source: Gallup) 
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