CBS News Poll: 54 Percent of Americans Take Pro-Life Position on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 19, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

CBS News Poll: 54 Percent of Americans Take Pro-Life Position on Abortion Email this article
Printer friendly page

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 19,
2007

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll conducted by CBS News makes it clear that a majority of Americans are pro-life when it comes to the issue of abortion. The October survey finds 54 percent of Americans take one of three pro-life positions opposing all or almost all abortions and another 16 percent want more restrictions on it.

The October 12-16 poll asked Americans to tell CBS News their "personal feelings" on abortion.

The survey found that 16 percent of the public only favors allowing abortions "only to save woman’s life" and another 34 percent think abortions should only be allowed in the very rare cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life.

Another four percent of Americans want all abortions to be made illegal/

With the Planned Parenthood-affiliated Alan Guttmacher Institute showing that less than two percent of all abortions are done in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life, the CBS News poll shows 54 percent of Americans oppose 98 percent of all abortions.

According to the survey, just 26 percent of the public wants abortions permitted in all cases.

Another 16 percent want abortions to remain legal but to be subject to greater restrictions than they currently face.

In total, 70 percent of those polled want abortions illegal in most or all cases or subject to greater restrictions.

The numbers have increased since CBS News conducted a similar poll in January.

That survey found 47 percent of Americans take one of the three pro-life positions and 47 percent too one of the two pro-abortion positions. Another six percent were unsure of where they stood on abortion.

The new October poll also surveyed evangelical voters and found 79 percent take one of the three pro-life stances with 35 percent taking the life of the mother position and the same percentage taking the rape, incest and life of the mother position. Nine percent opposed all abortions.

Among self-described evangelical voters, just 17 percent supported abortion.

This poll was conducted among a random sample of 1,282 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone October 12-16, 2007. It has a three percentage point margin of error.