Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Survey year Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 19,212. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 18% 14% 54% 12% 2% 19,212
2007 16% 12% 62% 7% 3% 18,565

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Sources of guidance on right and wrong among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by religious group

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Religious tradition Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 228. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 7% 30% 42% 15% 6% 228
Catholic 18% 11% 57% 12% 2% 3,463
Evangelical Protestant 40% 9% 44% 5% 2% 2,735
Hindu 4% 20% 51% 24% 1% 143
Historically Black Protestant 40% 6% 47% 5% 2% 1,010
Jewish 11% 17% 52% 16% 3% 734
Mainline Protestant 20% 12% 57% 8% 2% 3,816
Mormon 38% 6% 43% 9% 3% 171
Muslim 22% 9% 43% 20% 6% 131
Orthodox Christian 14% 15% 60% 9% 3% 102
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 4% 19% 57% 18% 2% 5,823

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DemographicInformation

Age distribution among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who are ages…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Sample Size
Sample size = 3,420. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 15% 33% 31% 20% 3,420
Philosophy/reason 32% 35% 22% 12% 2,792
Common sense 23% 35% 27% 16% 9,790
Science 29% 37% 21% 13% 2,380
Don't know 17% 26% 31% 25% 476

Generational cohort among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Younger Millennial Older Millennial Generation X Baby Boomer Silent Greatest Sample Size
Sample size = 3,420. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 10% 11% 27% 38% 13% 1% 3,420
Philosophy/reason 21% 18% 28% 26% 7% 1% 2,792
Common sense 14% 15% 28% 32% 10% 1% 9,790
Science 18% 17% 30% 25% 8% 1% 2,380
Don't know 8% 13% 23% 37% 17% 2% 476

Gender composition among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Men Women Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 38% 62% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 53% 47% 2,836
Common sense 49% 51% 9,964
Science 56% 44% 2,418
Don't know 46% 54% 506

Racial and ethnic composition among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong White Black Asian Latino Other/Mixed Sample Size
Sample size = 3,457. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 57% 22% 2% 14% 5% 3,457
Philosophy/reason 70% 7% 6% 13% 4% 2,803
Common sense 71% 10% 4% 11% 4% 9,862
Science 67% 7% 7% 16% 4% 2,385
Don't know 72% 11% 4% 9% 4% 481

Immigrant status among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Immigrants Second generation Third generation or higher Sample Size
Sample size = 3,438. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 14% 9% 77% 3,438
Philosophy/reason 13% 15% 72% 2,813
Common sense 11% 12% 77% 9,855
Science 21% 13% 66% 2,391
Don't know 10% 12% 78% 493

Income distribution among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who have a household income of…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Less than $30,000 $30,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000 or more Sample Size
Sample size = 3,076. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 37% 22% 26% 16% 3,076
Philosophy/reason 27% 17% 29% 27% 2,588
Common sense 31% 20% 28% 21% 8,861
Science 27% 18% 28% 28% 2,173
Don't know 25% 27% 27% 21% 386

Educational distribution among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who have completed…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong High school or less Some college College Post-graduate degree Sample Size
Sample size = 3,473. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 41% 33% 15% 11% 3,473
Philosophy/reason 23% 32% 25% 19% 2,827
Common sense 38% 33% 18% 11% 9,923
Science 28% 26% 25% 21% 2,398
Don't know 25% 34% 22% 18% 501

Marital status among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Married Living with a partner Divorced/separated Widowed Never married Sample Size
Sample size = 3,476. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 48% 6% 17% 8% 22% 3,476
Philosophy/reason 41% 10% 12% 4% 34% 2,825
Common sense 45% 10% 13% 6% 26% 9,937
Science 46% 8% 10% 3% 32% 2,402
Don't know 48% 6% 15% 8% 23% 496

Parent of children under 18 among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Parents Non-parents Sample Size
Sample size = 3,473. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 29% 71% 3,473
Philosophy/reason 24% 76% 2,829
Common sense 27% 73% 9,940
Science 27% 73% 2,409
Don't know 21% 79% 503

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who say they…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 86% 12% 1% < 1% 1% < 1% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 34% 27% 12% < 1% 21% 5% 2,836
Common sense 47% 27% 8% 1% 14% 3% 9,964
Science 26% 25% 11% < 1% 34% 4% 2,418
Don't know 58% 17% 5% 2% 8% 9% 506

Importance of religion in one's life among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who say religion is…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 80% 17% 2% 1% < 1% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 24% 31% 22% 22% 1% 2,836
Common sense 29% 35% 18% 17% 1% 9,964
Science 19% 26% 21% 34% < 1% 2,418
Don't know 49% 24% 9% 12% 5% 506

Attendance at religious services among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who attend religious services…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 53% 33% 14% < 1% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 13% 38% 49% < 1% 2,836
Common sense 16% 39% 45% < 1% 9,964
Science 11% 34% 55% 1% 2,418
Don't know 29% 34% 33% 3% 506

Frequency of prayer among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who pray…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 77% 15% 4% 5% 1% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 31% 18% 8% 43% 1% 2,836
Common sense 37% 18% 8% 36% 1% 9,964
Science 24% 13% 7% 55% 1% 2,418
Don't know 52% 16% 5% 24% 3% 506

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who attend prayer group…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 37% 13% 11% 39% 1% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 8% 7% 8% 77% < 1% 2,836
Common sense 9% 6% 7% 78% < 1% 9,964
Science 7% 5% 6% 81% < 1% 2,418
Don't know 18% 9% 7% 63% 3% 506

Frequency of meditation among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who meditate…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 49% 8% 3% 37% 2% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 39% 12% 6% 42% < 1% 2,836
Common sense 30% 9% 5% 55% 1% 9,964
Science 27% 11% 6% 55% 1% 2,418
Don't know 48% 9% 4% 36% 4% 506

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 72% 13% 6% 7% 1% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 48% 19% 11% 20% 1% 2,836
Common sense 46% 17% 13% 23% 1% 9,964
Science 42% 17% 12% 28% 2% 2,418
Don't know 63% 15% 5% 11% 7% 506

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 45% 16% 12% 25% 2% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 56% 17% 12% 14% 1% 2,836
Common sense 40% 17% 15% 28% 1% 9,964
Science 49% 17% 14% 19% 1% 2,418
Don't know 56% 11% 11% 16% 6% 506

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who say…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 38% 60% 1% 1% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 21% 77% 2% 1% 2,836
Common sense 22% 77% 1% < 1% 9,964
Science 19% 79% 1% 1% 2,418
Don't know 18% 71% 7% 4% 506

Frequency of reading scripture among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who read scripture…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 53% 13% 8% 25% 1% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 15% 10% 10% 65% < 1% 2,836
Common sense 15% 9% 9% 66% < 1% 9,964
Science 9% 7% 9% 75% 1% 2,418
Don't know 28% 12% 9% 48% 3% 506

Interpreting scripture among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who say the holy scripture is…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 45% 35% 3% 11% 6% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 7% 18% < 1% 68% 7% 2,836
Common sense 14% 24% 1% 52% 8% 9,964
Science 10% 14% 1% 70% 6% 2,418
Don't know 14% 19% 7% 40% 20% 506

Belief in Heaven among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who …in heaven

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 89% 7% 4% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 45% 46% 10% 2,836
Common sense 62% 30% 8% 9,964
Science 42% 52% 7% 2,418
Don't know 58% 24% 17% 506

Belief in Hell among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who …in hell

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 74% 19% 7% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 28% 64% 8% 2,836
Common sense 45% 47% 8% 9,964
Science 29% 66% 6% 2,418
Don't know 39% 39% 22% 506

SocialandPoliticalViews

Party affiliation among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who identify as…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Republican/lean Rep. No lean Democrat/lean Dem. Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 32% 16% 52% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 21% 15% 64% 2,836
Common sense 29% 17% 54% 9,964
Science 19% 15% 66% 2,418
Don't know 18% 27% 55% 506

Political ideology among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who are…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Conservative Moderate Liberal Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 35% 36% 23% 6% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 14% 36% 47% 3% 2,836
Common sense 23% 41% 31% 6% 9,964
Science 15% 36% 45% 4% 2,418
Don't know 20% 37% 29% 13% 506

Views about size of government among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who would rather have…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Smaller government; fewer services Bigger government; more services Depends Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 44% 50% 3% 3% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 42% 51% 4% 3% 2,836
Common sense 50% 43% 3% 4% 9,964
Science 39% 55% 3% 3% 2,418
Don't know 32% 38% 14% 16% 506

Views about government aid to the poor among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who say government aid to the poor…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Does more harm than good Does more good than harm Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 39% 57% 3% 1% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 27% 69% 3% 1% 2,836
Common sense 41% 55% 3% 1% 9,964
Science 30% 67% 2% 1% 2,418
Don't know 23% 54% 16% 8% 506

Views about homosexuality among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who say homosexuality…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 60% 32% 4% 3% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 89% 8% 2% 1% 2,836
Common sense 82% 14% 3% 2% 9,964
Science 88% 9% 2% 1% 2,418
Don't know 75% 15% 5% 5% 506

Views about same-sex marriage among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who …same-sex marriage

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Strongly favor/favor Oppose/strongly oppose Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 50% 43% 7% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 85% 11% 4% 2,836
Common sense 75% 19% 6% 9,964
Science 82% 14% 4% 2,418
Don't know 71% 16% 13% 506

Views about environmental regulation among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who say…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 36% 59% 2% 2% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 20% 76% 2% 2% 2,836
Common sense 31% 65% 2% 2% 9,964
Science 20% 76% 1% 2% 2,418
Don't know 21% 62% 8% 9% 506

Views about human evolution among adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases by sources of guidance on right and wrong

% of adults who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases who say humans…

Sources of guidance on right and wrong Evolved; due to natural processes Evolved; due to God's design Evolved; don't know how Always existed in present form Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 3,488. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Religion 15% 35% 2% 44% 3% 3,488
Philosophy/reason 62% 21% 4% 12% 1% 2,836
Common sense 48% 25% 4% 20% 3% 9,964
Science 71% 14% 3% 11% 1% 2,418
Don't know 31% 23% 21% 13% 12% 506