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Poll: Most Oppose More Abortion Rules ; Stricter Laws Not Seen as Way to Curb Practice

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Poll: Most Oppose More Abortion Rules ; Stricter Laws Not Seen as Way to Curb Practice

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NASHVILLE -- A new poll of registered voters may show a "thin strip of common ground" between Tennessee residents with opposing views on abortion.

Both voters opposed to more abortion regulations and those in favor of them think stricter abortion regulations alone won't reduce the number of abortions, according to a Middle Tennessee State University telephone poll of 600 randomly selected registered voters that was released Wednesday.

The poll showed abortion views overall remained unchanged since the university's last poll in October. Thirty-six percent of those polled said abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while 56 percent said abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. The remaining polled voters didn't know or declined to answer.

"Opposition to legal abortion in most or all cases remains the highest among self-described evangelical Christians, especially those who are also Republicans," said Dr. Ken Blake, director of the poll at MTSU.

A follow-up question asked what would be most likely to reduce the number of abortions: stricter abortion regulations, more access to birth control and sex education, both or neither.

The results:

8 percent said stricter abortion restrictions.

37 percent said more access to birth control and sex education. …

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