POLL: Majority of Likely Voters Consider Themselves Pro-Choice

February 5, 2013
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Young voters and Democrats were more likely to be pro-choice, while many Republicans and older voters identified themselves as pro-life

DENVER – A majority of Americans say they are pro-choice, while the number of those who call themselves pro-life has dropped to a historic low, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll.

When asked Generally speaking, on the issue of abortion, do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?”, a majority of respondents, 54 percent, said they considered themselves “pro-choice,” while 36 percent said they were “pro-life”.  Another ten percent said they were unsure.

The survey results showed a generational gap.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents between 18 and 39 identified themselves as pro-choice, compared to 24 percent who said they were pro-life.

Among those aged 65 and over, a plurality – 46 percent – said they were pro-life, compared to 41 percent who said called themselves pro-choice.

Respondents were also divided along political lines.

Among those who identified themselves as Democrats, 63 percent said they were pro-choice, while just 28 percent said they were pro-life.

By comparison, more than half Republicans said they were pro-life (51 percent), compared to 41 percent who identified themselves as pro-choice.

A majority of those not affiliated with either major political party called themselves pro-choice (55 percent), while 3 in 10 said they were pro-life (30 percent).

The results also showed that a larger majority of women than men consider themselves to be pro-choice.

Nearly 6 in 10 women said they were pro-choice (59 percent), while less than one-third (30 percent) identified themselves as pro-life.  Ten percent said they were unsure.

Men were more evenly split on the question than women.  Forty-seven percent said they were pro-choice, while 42 percent identified themselves as pro-life.  Ten percent were unsure.

Both male and female respondents said they viewed abortion as a significant issue.

More than two-thirds of women (68 percent) said abortion was either a “very important” or “somewhat important” issue to them.  A majority of men also said that abortion was either “very important” or “somewhat important” issue to them, but by a smaller margin (59 percent).

The national poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters between January 23 and 24, and has a margin of error of + / – 3 percentage points.

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