New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Believe Abortion is a Sin, 81% of Churchgoers Agree

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 22, 2018   |   12:04PM   |   Washington, DC

A majority of Americans believe abortion is a sin, according to findings released today from the 2018 State of Theology survey by Ligonier Ministries.

The new national poll found 52 percent of Americans agreed that abortion is a sin, compared to 38 percent who disagreed. Opposition to abortion has increased slightly since the 2016 State of Theology survey, when 49 percent said abortion is a sin.

The 2018 State of Theology survey was conducted for Ligonier Ministries by LifeWay Research, which interviewed a demographically balanced online panel of 3,000 American adults.

The Christian group said the survey results show some in the media continue to exaggerate Americans’ support for social liberalism, even as a large number of Americans continue to agree with Biblical ethics.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said: “These survey results may surprise some people, but pro-life beliefs have definitely been gaining ground in recent years. Pastors and local churches have played a big part in this by teaching about the sanctity of human life. Ultrasound images plainly show the humanity of the child in the womb, and they are provoking the consciences of Americans. Christians are playing a lead role in providing counsel and practical care for those in need.”

“For almost five decades now, abortion has been a central issue in the life of America. With a majority agreeing that abortion is a sin, we have a clear indication that many Americans want the state to restore protection to the unborn child. There would be considerable support for a Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v. Wade. There is clear support for protecting the life of the unborn, which explains overwhelming opposition to abortion on demand,” he added.

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Dr. Stephen Nichols, chief academic officer of Ligonier and president of Reformation Bible College, noted the national poll shows churchgoers agree abortion is a sin by even larger margins.

“Regular churchgoers are even more emphatically opposed to abortion, with 79 percent of them saying that abortion is a sin,” he explained.

Ligonier Ministries’ 2018 State of Theology survey was conducted by LifeWay Research, which interviewed a representative sample of 3,000 Americans. The full survey results are available online at