Mormons More Likely to Take Pro-Life View on Abortion Than Evangelicals
by Steven Ertelt
July 29, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new survey by the Pew research forum finds that Mormons are more likely to take a pro-life view against abortion than the public in general and members of other religions. The Pew poll also finds Mormons have more conservative views as a whole and are more likely to back the Republican Party.
The recently-released Pew survey and analysis compared Mormons to various religious groups and Americans as a whole.
Pew found the general population learned slightly in favor of keeping abortions legal, which contrasts with five polls taken in April and May showing a pro-life majority or movement in the pro-life direction.
Mormons, however, had a very strong pro-life position.
Fully 70% say abortion should be illegal in most or all circumstances, compared with 42% among the general population, Pew found. They are also more pro-life (70-61 percent) than evangelical Christians.
However, when compared with pro-life advocates who come from an evangelical, Catholic or mainline Protestant faith, Mormons are less likely to favor making all abortions illegal.
Mormon opposition is concentrated on opposing it in most cases (61%) rather than in all cases (9%), whereas looking members of evangelical churches, by contrast, 36% say abortion should be illegal in most cases and 25% say it should be illegal in all cases.
As is the case with members of other religious faiths, Mormons who attend church less often are less likely to hold as strong of a view against abortion. In fact, among those who attend church less often, 44 percent of Mormons favor legalized abortion.
There also are some differences between Mormons depending on whether they are converts or lifelong members. While majorities of converts and nonconverts alike say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases, converts are considerably less likely than nonconverts to do so as 59% of converts oppose legal abortion versus 74% of nonconverts.
The good news for the pro-life movement and members of the Mormon church is that Americans are growing more pro-life.
On the issue of legal abortion, younger Mormons are significantly more pro-life than their older counterparts. Among those under age 50, 74% say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases, while among those aged 50 and older, 62% say this.
Mormons who are married and those who live in Utah are more likely to be pro-life on abortion, although a majority of Mormons who live elsewhere and are unmarried are pro-life.
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