Surprising Results of New Abortion Survey

Surprising Results of New Abortion Survey

From the University of Notre Dame, a new qualitative study of Americans’ views on abortion has been released–and many of its findings are surprising.
The team of sociologists found that Americans tend not to talk about abortion. In fact, most interviewees reported they had never been asked their opinion on the topic, nor had a conversation about it.
The research team also found that mutually exclusive terms like “pro-choice” and “pro- life” paint an incomplete, potentially misleading, picture.
“While labels can be useful for mobilizing people and advocating policy agendas, they are far less adequate to describe how ordinary Americans think and feel about abortion,” said Tricia Bruce, who led the research team, in an interview with Crux.
Although this qualitative survey allowed for a deeper dive into participants’ beliefs and experiences, like all studies, it did result in some statistics.
Asked for their stance on the legality of abortion:
  • 51% of interviewees said abortion should be legal under certain circumstances
  • 35% said abortion should be legal under any circumstance
  • 14% said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
Interestingly, when asked about the morality of abortion, the split looked quite different:
  • 38% said “it depends”
  • 33% identified as morally opposed to abortion
  • 29% said they are not morally opposed.