Trend: Should Abortions Be Legal Under Any Circumstances, Legal Only Under Certain Circumstances, or Illegal in All Circumstances?

Trend: With Respect to the Abortion Issue, Would You Consider Yourself to Be Pro-Choice or Pro-Life?

Trend: Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?

Trend: (Asked of those who say abortion should be legal under certain circumstances) Do you think abortion should be legal in most circumstances or only in a few circumstances?

Trend: With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life? Trend from polls in which pro-life/pro-choice was asked after legality of abortion

Trend: With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life? Trend from polls in which pro-life/pro-choice was asked in isolation

Trend: Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. How about abortion?

Trend: How abortion issue affects one's vote for major offices

Trend: Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are -- very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about -- [the nation's policies regarding the abortion issue]?

Trend: Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are -- very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about -- [the nation's policies regarding the abortion issue]? (Asked of those dissatisfied) Would you like to see abortion laws in this country made more strict, less strict, or remain as they are?

Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would -- Allow females of any age to purchase the “Morning After” pill, a form of emergency contraception, without a prescription?

What is your impression of how most Americans feel about abortion -- do you think most Americans are pro-choice or pro-life?

Trend: Overturn Roe v. Wade, or not?

Trend: Abortion legal during first, second, third trimester?

Next, do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals?

A law requiring women seeking abortions to wait 24 hours before having the procedure done

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Jul 15-17

69

28

3

2003 Jan 10-12

78

19

3

1996 Jul 25-28

74

22

4

1992 Jan 16-19

73

23

4

A law requiring women under 18 to get parental consent for any abortion

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Jul 15-17

71

27

2

2005 Nov 11-13

69

28

3

2003 Jan 10-12

73

24

3

1996 Jul 25-28

74

23

3

1992 Jan 16-19

70

23

7

A law which would make it illegal to perform a specific abortion procedure conducted in the last six months of pregnancy known as a "partial birth abortion," except in cases necessary to save the life of the mother

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Jul 15-17

64

31

5

2003 Jan 10-12

70

25

5

2000 Oct 25-28 ^

63

35

2

2000 Mar 30-Apr 2 †

66

29

5

2000 Jan 13-16

64

31

5

1999 Apr 30-May 2 †

61

34

5

1998 Jan 16-18 †

61

36

3

1997 Mar 24-26 †

55

40

5

1996 Apr 25-28 ^

57

39

4

^ WORDING: I am going to read several propositions that would prohibit and make illegal certain activities. Would you vote ... for or against a law which would make it illegal to perform a specific abortion procedure conducted in the last six months of pregnancy known as a 'partial birth abortion,' except in cases necessary to save the life of the mother?

† WORDING: If you could vote on this issue directly, would you vote for or against the following: a law which would make it illegal to perform a specific abortion procedure conducted in the last six months of pregnancy known as a "partial birth abortion," except in cases necessary to save the life of the mother?

A law requiring doctors to inform patients about certain possible risks of abortion before performing the procedure

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Jul 15-17

87

11

2

A law prohibiting health clinics that provide abortion services from receiving any federal funds

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Jul 15-17

40

57

3

A law allowing pharmacists and health providers to opt out of providing medicine or surgical procedures that result in abortion

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Jul 15-17

46

51

4

A law requiring women seeking an abortion to be shown an ultrasound image of her fetus at least 24 hours before the procedure

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Jul 15-17

50

46

3

A law requiring that the husband of a married woman be notified if she decides to have an abortion

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Nov 11-13

64

34

2

2003 Jan 10-12

72

26

2

1996 Jul 25-28

70

26

4

1992 Jan 16-19

73

25

2

A constitutional amendment to ban abortion in all circumstances, except when necessary to save the life of the mother

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Nov 11-13

37

61

2

2003 Jan 10-12

38

59

3

1996 Jul 25-28

38

59

3

1992 Jan 16-19

42

56

2

1984

50

46

4

A law requiring doctors to inform patients about alternatives to abortion before performing the procedure

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2003 Jan 10-12

88%

11

1

1996 Jul 25-28

86%

11

3

1992 Jan 16-19

86%

12

2

Now I am going to read some specific situations under which an abortion might be considered. For each one, please say whether you think abortion should be legal in that situation, or illegal. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]

When the woman's life is endangered

Should be
legal

Should be
illegal

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jun 9-12

83

13

1

3

2003 Jan 10-12

85

11

2

2

2000 Mar30-Apr 2

84

12

2

2

1996 Jul 25-26

88

7

3

2

(vol.) = Volunteered response

When the woman's physical health is endangered

Should be
legal

Should be
illegal

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jun 9-12

82

15

1

2

2003 Jan 10-12

77

17

4

2

2000 Mar30-Apr 2

81

15

2

2

1996 Jul 25-26

82

11

5

2

When the woman's mental health is endangered

Should be
legal

Should be
illegal

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jun 9-12

61

35

2

2

2003 Jan 10-12

63

32

3

2

2000 Mar30-Apr 2

64

29

3

4

1996 Jul 25-26

66

27

5

2

When there is evidence that the baby may be physically impaired

Should be
legal

Should be
illegal

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jun 9-12

50

45

2

3

2003 Jan 10-12

56

37

4

3

2000 Mar30-Apr 2

53

39

5

3

1996 Jul 25-26

53

37

7

3

When there is evidence that the baby may be mentally impaired

Should be
legal

Should be
illegal

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jun 9-12

51

46

2

2

2003 Jan 10-12

55

39

3

3

2000 Mar30-Apr 2

53

40

4

3

1996 Jul 25-26

54

36

7

3

When the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest

Should be
legal

Should be
illegal

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jun 9-12

75

22

1

2

2003 Jan 10-12

76

19

2

3

2000 Mar30-Apr 2

78

19

1

2

1996 Jul 25-26

77

18

3

2

When the woman or family cannot afford to raise the child

Should be
legal

Should be
illegal

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 Jun 9-12

36

61

1

2

2003 Jan 10-12

35

61

2

2

2000 Mar30-Apr 2

34

62

2

2

1996 Jul 25-26

32

62

3

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Now I would like to ask your opinion about a specific abortion procedure known as "late term" abortion or "partial birth" abortion, which is sometimes performed on women during the last few months of pregnancy. Do you think that this procedure should be legal or illegal?

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2007 May 10-13

22%

72

5

2003 Oct 24-26 ^

25%

68

7

^ WORDING: Now I would like to ask your opinion about a specific abortion procedure known as "late term" abortion or "partial birth" abortion, which is sometimes performed on women during the last few months of pregnancy. Do you think that -- [ROTATED: the government should make this procedure illegal, (or do you think that) this procedure should be legal]?

Would you favor or oppose a law in your state that would ban all abortions except those necessary to save the life of the mother?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2006 Mar 10-12

36%

60

3

What is your impression of how most Americans feel about abortion -- do you think most Americans feel -- [ROTATED: abortions should be legal under any circumstances, abortions should be legal only under certain circumstances, or abortions should be illegal in all circumstances]?

Legal
under any
circumstances

Legal only
under certain
circumstances

Illegal in all
circumstances

No
opinion

2005 May 2-5

13%

67

16

4

2001 May 10-14

16%

66

11

7

Now thinking about future nominees to the United States Supreme Court, how important is it to you, personally, that they share your views on the abortion issue -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

Very
important

Somewhat
important

Not too
important

Not
important
at all

No
opinion

2005 May 2-5

45%

31

15

8

1

Just your best guess, do you think George W. Bush wants to ban all abortions in the United States, or not?

Yes, does

No, does not

No opinion

2003 Oct 24-26

50%

37

13

Does that make you -- [ROTATED: more likely (or) less likely] -- to vote for Bush, or wouldn't that affect your vote?

More
likely

Less
likely

No
effect

No
opinion

2003 Oct 24-26

17%

23

58

2

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

2003 Oct 24-26

%

Yes, think Bush wants to ban all abortions

50

(More likely to vote)

(11)

(Less likely to vote)

(17)

(No effect/No opinion)

(22)

No, do not think Bush wants to ban all abortions

37

(More likely to vote)

(5)

(Less likely to vote)

(4)

(No effect/No opinion)

(28)

No opinion

13

Now I am going to read some specific situations under which an abortion might be considered in the FIRST THREE MONTHS of pregnancy. Thinking specifically about the FIRST trimester, please say whether you think abortion should be legal in that situation, or illegal. How about ... [RANDOM ORDER]?

[BASED ON 505 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM A]

When the woman's life is endangered

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2003 May 19-21

82%

15

3

When the child would be born mentally disabled

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2003 May 19-21

50%

46

4

When the child would be born with a life-threatening illness

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2003 May 19-21

60%

35

5

When the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2003 May 19-21

72%

24

4

When the woman does not want the child for any reason

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2003 May 19-21

41%

56

3

Now I am going to read some specific situations under which an abortion might be considered in the LAST THREE MONTHS of pregnancy. Thinking specifically about the THIRD trimester, please say whether you think abortion should be legal in that situation, or illegal. How about ... [RANDOM ORDER]?

[BASED ON 509 NATIONAL ADULTS IN FORM B]

When the woman's life is endangered

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2003 May 19-21

75%

22

3

When the child would be born mentally disabled

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2003 May 19-21

38%

56

6

When the child would be born with a life-threatening illness

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2003 May 19-21

48%

47

5

When the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2003 May 19-21

59%

39

2

When the woman does not want the child for any reason

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2003 May 19-21

24%

74

2

As you may know, in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a landmark decision on abortion known as Roe versus Wade. Do you think that decision was a -- [ROTATED: good thing (or a) bad thing] -- for the country?

Good thing
for country

Bad thing
for country

No
opinion

2003 Jan 10-12

53%

30

17

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