Poll: 55% of Americans Want All or Most Abortions Made Illegal, 53% of Women Agree

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 6, 2018   |   6:38PM   |   Washington, DC

A new poll confirms that Americans continue to oppose most abortions, including a majority of women and Millennials.

The American Barometer poll for The Hill found that 55 percent of Americans think abortions should be illegal in all or most cases, while just 18 percent think it should be legal for any reason up to birth.

The poll asked registered voters if they think abortions should be illegal in a circumstances, legal in limited circumstances such as rape, incest and risks to the mother’s life, legal under most circumstances until viability, or legal under all circumstances.

Strong majorities oppose most or all abortions, including 58 percent of men, 53 percent of women and 57 percent of Millennials, the poll found.

According to the poll, 27 percent said abortions should be legal up to viability, and 18 percent said it should be legal under all circumstances.

Opposition to abortion was particularly strong among Republicans with a full 71 percent saying it should be illegal in all or most circumstances. Among Democrats, 44 percent said abortions should be illegal in all or most circumstances.

“Republicans, traditionally the more conservative on this issue, are evenly split on whether it should be law. I read that as for many voters, this is territory that cannot be overturned,” Morning Consult reporter Joanna Piacenza told Hill.TV.

The poll was conducted on 1,000 registered voters at the end of August, according to the report.

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The findings are consistent with past polls. Gallup polls consistently find similarly strong opposition to most abortions. The May Gallup poll found 53% of Americans oppose all or most abortions even though some Americans who technically take a pro-life position opposing abortion wrongly think they are supposedly pro-choice.

The numbers indicate Americans want more protections for unborn babies. Roe v. Wade, along with its companion case Doe v. Bolton, allowed abortions for basically any reason up to birth. The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions past 20 weeks a fact confirmed by the Washington Post fact checker.