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American voters think abortion is too easy, poll finds

August 18, 2010

By a huge plurality, American voters believe that abortion is too readily available, a new national poll has found.

In a Rasmussen survey, 48% of those questioned said that it is too easy to procure an abortion; only 15% said that it is too difficult, while the remainder said that they felt the ease of access to abortion was about right, or were unsure.

The Rasmussen report found that women were more likely than men to say that abortion is too readily available—undermining the widely held opinion that women oppose restrictions on abortion.

Rasmussen also found that among likely voters, those who held pro-life views were twice as likely as their pro-abortion counterparts to consider the issue crucial to their decision when choosing a political candidate to support on Election Day.

The Rasmussen survey questioned 1,000 people identified as likely to vote. In reporting on the results, Rasmussen noticed that the figures were roughly in line with those produced by similar questions in previous polls over the past four years, with a vast majority of voters expressing moral objections to abortion and showing a willingness to support some restrictions on access to the procedure.


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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Aug. 20, 2010 4:41 PM ET USA

    Thanks to CWN for posting this information, because we certainly will never see it in the MS media.