Attitudes about Abortion

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Attitudes about Abortion


Q: How about a constitutional amendment to ban abortion in all circumstances, except in cases necessary to save the life of the mother?

                                 Favor  Oppose

Jan. 2003  Gallup/CNN/USA Today  38%    59%
Nov. 2005  Gallup/CNN/USA Today  37     61

Q: Do you think making abortion illegal is the kind of issue you would like to change the Constitution for, or isn't abortion that kind of issue?

1996                      ------Convention delegates, partisans,
                              and registered voters------
                          Kind of issue  Not that kind of issue

Dem. delegate    CBS/NYT  3%             96%
Democrats        CBS/NYT  22             71
All Reg. voters  CBS/NYT  22             71
Republicans      CBS/NYT  24             69
Rep. delegates   CBS/NYT  34             57

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: there should be a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion?

                                   -----The public and
                                        conventional egates-----
                                     Agree  Disagree

Republican delegates
1988                  ABC/Wash Post  36%    53%
1992                  ABC/Wash Post  28     55
1996                  ABC/Wash Post  36     58
General population
Jul. 1992             ABC/Wash Post  25     67
Jun. 1996             ABC/Wash Post  24     75
Aug. 1996             ABC/Wash Post  26     72
Democratic delegates
1980                  ABC/Wash Post  10     N/A
1984                  ABC/Wash Post   9     83
1988                  ABC/Wash Post   6     87
1992                  ABC/Wash Post   3     93
1996                  ABC/Wash Post   1     98

Q: For each one, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. How about the nation's policies regarding the abortion issue?

                   Very       Somewhat   Somewhat      Very
                   satisfied  satisfied  dissatisfied  dissatisfied

Jan. 2001  Gallup  11%        32%        21%           26%
Jan. 2002  Gallup  11         37         19            24
Jan. 2003  Gallup  10         32         24            22
Jan. 2004  Gallup  12         33         22            24
Jan. 2005  Gallup  13         29         21            26
Jan. 2006  Gallup  11         29         22            25
Jan. 2007  Gallup  12         29         22            25
Jan. 2008  Gallup  12         31         23            20
Jan. 2012  Gallup  10         29         21            25
Jan. 2013  Gallup  12         32         21            25
Jan. 2014  Gallup  10         28         19            27
Jan. 2015  Gallup  10         24         24            24
Jan. 2016  Gallup   9         24         22            33

(Asked of those dissatisfied with U.S. abortion policy) Would you like to see abortion laws in this country made more strict, less strict, or remain as they are?

                   Total      Dissatisfied,  Dissatisfied,
                   satisfied  want stricter  want less strict

Jan. 2001  Gallup  43%        26%            8%
Jan. 2002  Gallup  47         27             9
Jan. 2003  Gallup  42         27             9
Jan. 2004  Gallup  45         27            10
Jan. 2005  Gallup  42         25            11
Jan. 2006  Gallup  41         25            10
Jan. 2007  Gallup  41         24            13
Jan. 2008  Gallup  43         23            11
Jan. 2012  Gallup  39         28             9
Jan. 2013  Gallup  44         27             8
Jan. 2014  Gallup  38         25            13
Jan. 2015  Gallup  34         24            12
Jan. 2016  Gallup  33         29            13

           Dissatisfied,
           remain the same

Jan. 2001  13%
Jan. 2002   7
Jan. 2003   9
Jan. 2004   9
Jan. 2005  11
Jan. 2006  12
Jan. 2007  10
Jan. 2008  10
Jan. 2012   9
Jan. 2013  11
Jan. 2014   8
Jan. 2015  12
Jan. 2016  13

Q: Now, we'd like to get your predictions for next year. …

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