https://i0.wp.com/secularprolife.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/20212BMarist2Bpoll.jpg?fit=398%2C161&ssl=1 161 398 Monica Snyder https://secularprolife.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/SecularProlife2.png Monica Snyder2021-02-26 12:08:002022-01-11 19:50:42Marist poll finds common ground in the abortion debate (Mexico City Policy, Roe v. Wade, Down Syndrome abortions)
A recent Marist poll took a nuanced look at Americans’ views of abortion. The poll is interesting because it digs further into people’s stances than most polls do. Worth noting:
- 17% of people who call themselves “pro-life” think abortion should be legal either during the first three months of pregnancy, first six months of pregnancy, or any time.
- 20% of people who call themselves “pro-choice” think either abortion should never be permitted under any circumstance or should be legal only in cases of rape/incest or to save the mother’s life.
- Overall, only 12% of Americans think abortion should never be permitted under any circumstance and only 15% think it should be legal through all of pregnancy. The other 73% are somewhere in between.
- 58% of Americans (including 31% of Democrats and 34% of people who call themselves “pro-choice”) oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortion. In contrast, 10% of people who call themselves “pro-life” support doing so. [See our post “Pro-choice policy is driven by wealthy elites. The poor are pro-life.“]
- 77% of Americans (including 55% of Democrats and 64% of people who call themselves “pro-choice”) oppose using tax dollars to support abortion in other countries. [See our post “No, the Mexico City Policy does not drive up international abortion rates.“]
- 70% of Americans (including 59% of Democrats and 56% of people who call themselves “pro-choice”) oppose abortion due to a Down syndrome diagnosis. In contrast, 9% of people who call themselves “pro-life” support such abortions. [See our post “When she got a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis, her doctor wouldn’t stop suggesting abortion.“]
- 48% of Americans (a plurality) believe that if and when the Supreme Court reconsiders Roe v. Wade, it should rule to allow states to determine certain restrictions on abortion. (31% said SCOTUS should legalize unrestricted abortion and 17% said SCOTUS should make abortion illegal.) [See our post “‘The people want Roe to stay.’“]