National Poll Finds 61 Percent of Americans Say Abortion Issue Still Important

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 3, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

National Poll Finds 61 Percent of Americans Say Abortion Issue Still Important

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 3
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Although the economy, national security, Iraq, immigration and health care are the most prominent political topics on the minds of most Americans, a new national poll finds abortion is still a very relevant issue for most. A Rasmussen Reports survey finds a majority say abortion is still an important political issue.

The poll finds 61 percent of American say abortion is an important issue while 35 percent say it is not.

Looking at the breakdown further of the 1,000 Americans Rasmussen polled from May 28-31, some 39 percent of Americans say abortion is a very important issue and 22 percent say it is a somewhat important issue.

That contrasts with the 24 percent who say abortion is not very important and the 11 percent who say it is not at all an important political topic. Another 5 percent were unsure.

The poll also found that the percentage of Americans who say abortion is an important political issue is unchanged compared to a similar Rasmussen poll in April.

However that hasn’t been the case for other political issues as the percentage of those who say health care is important has tumbled 13 percent from April. Americans who say national security is important have dropped 12 percent from the last survey.

Those voters saying education and immigration are important have dropped eight percent and 11 percent respectively.

The new poll follows a survey Rasmussen conducted earlier this month confirming a definite shift in American public opinion towards the pro-life perspective on abortion.

The Rasmussen survey, released on May 5, asked a different question than the others and found that 58 percent of Americans say abortion is morally wrong most of the time. Just twenty-five percent disagree and the rest had no opinion.

The survey found women are more strongly pro-life than men as 64 percent of women believe most abortions are morally wrong, a view shared by just 51% of men.

Of those who identified themselves as pro-life, 88 percent say most abortions are morally wrong as do 29 percent of those who call themselves pro-choice.

Meanwhile, another Rasmussen survey question found a majority of Americans, 52 percent, think it is too easy to get an abortion in America. That’s up seven percent from two years ago when 45 percent thought it was too easy.

The poll joined surveys from Gallup, Pew and Fox News in confirming that Americans are taking a decidedly more pro-life position on abortion.

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