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Survey finds broad public support for abortion persists 2 years after Dobbs

May 15, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: A Pew Research Center survey of over 8,700 American adults has found that 63% of Americans believe that abortion should be “legal in all or most cases”—up from 59% in 2021—while 36% believe it should be “illegal in all or most cases.”

25% believe abortion should be legal in all cases, and 38% in most cases; in contrast, 8% believe abortion should be illegal in all cases, and 28% in most cases.

Support for the statement that abortion should be “legal in all or most cases” was particularly high among African-Americans (73%), Asian-Americans (76%), those of ages 18-29 (76%), those with postgraduate education (70%), black Protestants (71%), and the religiously unaffiliated (86%).

“White evangelical Protestants are about three times as likely to say abortion should be illegal (73%) as they are to say it should be legal (25%),” according to the survey. “By contrast, majorities of White nonevangelical Protestants (64%), Black Protestants (71%) and Catholics (59%) say abortion should be legal.”

54% of those surveyed agree with the statement that “medication abortion should be legal,” while 20% disagree, and 25% are not sure.

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