Majority of Americans Back 20-Week Abortion Ban, Women More Than Men

National   Steven Ertelt   Aug 2, 2013   |   11:04AM    Washington, DC

Despite a so-called War on Women by pro-lifers when it comes to banning abortions after five months, a new national poll finds a majority of Americans support such a ban and women are more likely than men to back it.

A Quinnipiac University national poll released today found “the Republican-led effort in Congress and in many state capitols to reduce from 24 weeks to 20 weeks the time period during a pregnancy in which almost all abortions should be legal is striking a chord with voters.”

“A total of 55 percent want a 20-week limit while 30 percent favor the current 24 week limit,” the polling firm said.

A breakdown of the polling results shows women are very supportive of banning late-term abortions at 20 weeks.

22. The U.S. Supreme Court has said abortion is legal without restriction in about the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some states have passed laws reducing this to 20 weeks. If it has to be one or the other, would you rather have abortions legal without restriction up to 20 weeks, or up to 24 weeks?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp

Up to 20 weeks       55%    62%    46%    59%    50%    60%    55%    53%    59%
Up to 24 weeks       30     17     44     26     35     25     32     28     20
NEVER LEGAL(VOL)      7     13      3      6      6      8      7      6     11
ALWAYS LEGAL(VOL)     1      1      1      2      1      2      1      2      5
DK/NA                 7      7      6      7      9      5      6     11      6

                     WHITE....................................
                     COLLEGE DEG   RELIGION..........   BrnAgn POL PHIL.........
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   None   Evngl  Lib    Mod    Con

Up to 20 weeks       45%    60%    60%    63%    37%    65%    39%    56%    63%
Up to 24 weeks       41     27     22     27     53     13     54     33     15
NEVER LEGAL(VOL)      5      7     12      6      -     14      1      4     12
ALWAYS LEGAL(VOL)     1      -      1      -      2      -      3      1      1
DK/NA                 8      6      6      5      8      8      2      6      9

                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+

Up to 20 weeks       47%    59%    58%    55%    49%    56%    55%    55%    53%
Up to 24 weeks       39     25     26     33     39     35     28     30     26
NEVER LEGAL(VOL)      5      8      9      4      3      1      6      7     11
ALWAYS LEGAL(VOL)     1      1      2      1      1      4      -      1      1
DK/NA                 8      7      6      6      8      3     10      7      8

                     ATTEND SERVICES..........
                     WEEKLY.....   LESS.......
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath

Up to 20 weeks       59%    61%    58%    62% 
Up to 24 weeks       15     19     30     27  
NEVER LEGAL(VOL)     17      9      6      6  
ALWAYS LEGAL(VOL)     2      -      -      -  
DK/NA                 7     10      6      5  

                     MARRIED..........    SINGLE...........
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Tot    Men    Wom

Up to 20 weeks       55%    48%    63%    55%    52%    57%
Up to 24 weeks       29     33     23     31     36     27
NEVER LEGAL(VOL)      7      7      8      6      3      9
ALWAYS LEGAL(VOL)     1      -      1      2      1      3
DK/NA                 8     11      6      6      7      5

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From July 28 – 31, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,468 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.