Gallup Poll: Americans Oppose Abortions, Want Limit but No Ban

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 28, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 28, 2005

Washington, DC ( — A new poll conducted by Gallup finds that most Americans still oppose most abortions and back limits like parental notification but they don’t support a Constitutional amendment banning most abortions.

On the matter of abortion in general, 54 percent of Americans oppose either all or most abortions as thirty-nine percent of those polled believe abortion should only be legal in a few rare circumstances, such as rape, incest or to prevent the death of the mother. Another 16 percent say abortion should never be legal.

Just 42 percent generally support legalized abortion with 26 percent saying it should always be legal and 16 percent saying it should be legal in most circumstances.

But on the question of a Constitutional amendment banning all abortions except for those to save the life of the mother, Americans oppose it by a 61-37 percent margin. The number favoring such a ban could have been significantly higher had rape and incest been included in it.

Meanwhile, as the Supreme Court considers a case this week on a New Hampshire law to require parental notification before a teen girl can have an abortion, 69 percent say that’s a good idea and just 28 percent oppose it.

Americans also support Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito’s decision in a 1990 appeals court case about a Pennsylvania law that allows husbands to know when their wives are considering an abortion. Some 64 percent support that idea while just 34 percent were against it, Gallup reported.

The CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted November 11-13 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.