Percentage of People Who Call Themselves Pro-Life at Highest Level in Over Two Years

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 28, 2016   |   2:53PM   |   Washington, DC

A new National poll has some surprising and contradictory results when it comes to abortion, and it shows the number of people calling themselves pro-life on abortion at its highest level in two years.

The new Rasmussen survey finds that a majority of Americans are morally opposed to abortion and that number includes a majority of women who took a position.

But the polling data also finds that a majority of people refer to themselves as pro-choice as opposed to pro-life on abortion. But with the majority of Americans say abortion is morally unacceptable the polling results clearly show that some people who consider themselves pro-choice don’t really support abortion and more accurately line up with the pro-life position opposing abortion is morally unacceptable.

The Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters consider themselves pro-choice on the issue of abortion, while 42% say they are pro-life. The number of voters who are pro-choice is down slightly from 54% in April, while the number who consider themselves pro-life is at its highest level since July 2014.

From the poll:

Fifty percent (50%) believe abortion is morally wrong most of the time, up four points from April of last year and the highest finding since mid-2014.  Thirty-four percent (34%) disagree and consider it morally acceptable in most instances, unchanged from the previous survey. A sizable 17% are undecided

Women by a 46% to 36% margin tend to see abortion as being morally wrong than acceptable most times; men feel more strongly that it is morally wrong in most cases.

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Voters under 40 are more likely than their elders to be pro-choice on the issue and are less likely to believe abortion is morally wrong most of the time.

Most Republicans (69%) consider themselves pro-life, while most Democrats (74%) and voters not affiliated with either political party (54%) say they are pro-choice. Most Democrats say abortion is morally acceptable in most cases, while most Republicans and a plurality of unaffiliateds consider it to be morally wrong.

Twenty-one percent (21%) of pro-choice voters still say abortion is morally wrong in most cases, compared to just 10% of pro-life voters who say it is morally acceptable.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 21-22, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.