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Survey shows US voter confusion on abortion

August 23, 2012

American voters have confused and conflicting ideas about legal abortion, a new Pew Research study shows.

According to the new survey, 49% see the Democratic Party as more representative of their views on abortion, while only 33% favor the Republican stance. Yet only 20%, and 26% of Democrats, believe that abortion should be legal in all circumstances, which is essentially the posture of the Democratic Party. Women favor the Democratic approach by a large margin: 52% to 32%. Yet women are only slightly more likely than men—55% to 51%--to favor unrestricted legal abortion.

The Pew survey finds that the pro-life position is much more common among voters who consider abortion a high-priority issue. Among those who oppose abortion in all circumstances, 73% classify the issue as very important. Among those who favor unrestricted abortion, only 33% consider the matter very important.

 


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