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Topics At A Glance: Abortion

Sample iPOLL here, but there are more than 4,500 questions on Abortion since 1962!

Consider Self Pro-life or Pro-choice

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With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]




What is your impression of how most Americans feel about abortion--do you think most Americans are pro-choice or pro-life?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]




On the issue of abortion, would you say you are more pro-life or more pro-choice?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Apr, 2013]



Abortion Morally Wrong

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Next, I'm going to read you a series of statements about personal behavior. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please indicate whether you personally believe that it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. Please indicate whether each of the following is morally acceptable, or morally wrong....Having an abortion...morally acceptable, morally wrong, depends on the situation, not a moral issue
Public Religion Research Institute Hispanic Values Survey, [Aug, 2013]




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?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]




Do you personally believe that...having an abortion is morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue?
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project Poll, [Mar, 2013]



Abortion: Legal/Illegal Generally

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Which comes closest to your opinion on abortion? Abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?
Associated Press/GfK Knowledge Networks Poll, [Oct, 2013]




Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, illegal in all cases?
Public Religion Research Institute Hispanic Values Survey, [Aug, 2013]



Abortion: Legal/Illegal in Specific Circumstances

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As you may know, the House of Representatives recently approved legislation that would ban virtually all abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape and incest that are reported to authorities. Supporters say the legislation is necessary because they believe a fetus can feel pain at that point of the pregnancy. Opponents say it undermines the right to abortion that the US Supreme Court established in 1973. Would you support or oppose such legislation?
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Jun, 2013]




Which comes closest to your view on abortion--abortion should always be legal, should be legal most of the time, should be made illegal except in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother's life, or abortion should be made illegal without any exceptions?
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Apr, 2013]




(As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past week, please tell me if you happened to follow each news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely.)...Controversial comments about rape and abortion made by Missouri Representative Todd Akin...(If Necessary, ask:) Did you follow...controversial comments about rape and abortion made by Missouri Representative Todd Akin very closely, fairly closely, not too closely or not at all closely?
Pew Weekly News Interest Index Poll, [Aug, 2012]



Late Term or Partial Birth Abortions

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(Next, do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals.) How about...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?
Gallup Poll, [Jul, 2011]




(Now let me read you brief descriptions of other decisions by the Supreme Court. After each one I read please, tell me if you agree or disagree with this decision.)...The Supreme Court decided that states have the right to ban partial birth abortion, even in cases where the mother's health is in danger....(If Agree/Disagree, ask:) (Is that strongly or somewhat?)
Sample: National likely voters
MoveOn.org Supreme Court Survey, [Apr, 2010]




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 this procedure should be legal or illegal?
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Survey, [Aug, 2007]



Parental Consent

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(Next, do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals.) How about...a law requiring women under 18 to get parental consent for any abortion?
Gallup Poll, [Jul, 2011]




(Now, I'd like to get your views on some other issues that are being discussed in the country today.) All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose...requiring that women under the age of 18 get the consent of at least one parent before they are allowed to have an abortion?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Public Religion Research Institute Millennials, Religion and Abortion Survey, [Apr, 2011]




Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose...requiring that women under the age of 18 get the consent of at least one parent before they are allowed to have an abortion?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Religion & Public Life Survey, [Aug, 2009]



Roe v. Wade

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The Supreme Court's decision in Roe versus Wade dealt with which of the following issues?...Abortion, the death penalty, school desegregation, environmental protection
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Jan, 2013]




Actually, in 1973 the Roe versus Wade decision established a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Would you like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Roe versus Wade decision, or not?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Jan, 2013]




Would you like to see the Supreme Court overturn its 1973 Roe versus Wade decision concerning abortion, or not?
Gallup/USA Today Poll, [Dec, 2012]



From the Archives


(Recently a federal jury ruled that a Web site featuring 'wanted' posters listing abortion doctors' names and addresses amounted to death threats, and therefore ordered the site's authors to pay damages.) Do you think this ruling is or is not a violation of the site's authors First Amendment rights?
Americans Attitudes About the First Amendment Survey, [Feb, 1999]




Generally speaking, do you think that a political candidate's position on abortion--whatever it may be--is an important factor in deciding whether to vote for the candidate or not?
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [May, 1981]




(I'd like to ask about some changes that took place in the 60s and 70s. Please tell me whether you feel each was a good thing or a bad thing for our society.)... The Supreme Court decision making abortion legal, at least in the first three months of pregnancy
Gallup Poll, [Aug, 1991]




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answered Legal in all cases when asked "Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?"
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