|Public Opinion on Abortion and Roe v. Wade |
Tomorrow is the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. The Pew Forum has produced two graphics highlighting findings from a recent Pew Research Center survey on the U.S. public's views on abortion and Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
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- One graphic shows how public opinion breaks down on the morality of abortion and whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned. About four-in-ten U.S. adults (42%) do not see abortion as morally wrong, at least not in all cases, and do not think Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Meanwhile, a quarter of Americans (25%) see abortion as morally wrong and would like to have the decision completely overturned.
- A second graphic shows the split between regular churchgoers and those who say they attend religious services less often on the question of how important the abortion issue is. Americans who say they attend services at least once a week are much more likely to consider abortion a critical or important issue than those who say they attend religious services less often.
|JAN. 19 - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS|
Roe v. Wade: After 40 years, deep divide is legacy
An article on the abortion debate cites findings from the Pew Research Center's recent poll on the American public's views of Roe v. Wade. Opinions are little changed from surveys conducted 10 or 20 years ago: 63% of U.S. adults today oppose completely overturning the ruling, compared with 60% in 1992.
|JAN. 22 - THE NEW YORK TIMES|
The 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
A New York Times blog post explores results from the Pew Research Center's recent survey on U.S. public opinion regarding abortion. The percent of adults who think abortion is "not that important compared to other issues" has increased from 32% in 2006 and 48% in 2009 to 53% today.