Polls Show Americans Support Unborn Children, Want All or Most Abortions Illegal

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 10, 2019   |   1:18PM   |   Washington, DC

Two liberal media outlets released a poll today claiming Americans support abortion, but virtually every other major poll on the topic shows the opposite is true and that a majority of Americans want all or most abortions made illegal.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that 60 percent of those polled believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. The media outlets claim abortion support is at a record high since 1995.

But this poll is at odds with other major polls from 2019 and prior that confirm Americans are pro-life.

In June, Gallup released new National polling data on the issue of abortion and the results show increasing pro-life sentiment across the Untied States as more people say they oppose all or most abortions than have said so in recent years.

Gallup found 60% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (21%) or almost all 39% abortions made illegal. That 60% figure is the highest percentage of Americans espousing a pro-life position since 2009 and a dramatic rise in pro-life attitudes since the 53% figure Gallup pound in its polling last year.

The poll found just 38% of Americans take a pro-abortion position wanting all (25%) or almost all (13%) abortions legal. That is down from the 43% pro-abortion figure Gallup found last year.

Another poll from June found 61% of Americans want all or almost all abortions made illegal.

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A poll conducted by the Morning Consult research firm found most Americans want abortions to be made illegal either in all cases or in very rare cases such as rape or incest or when the pregnancy directly threatens the life of the mother. Those cases constitute less than 2 or 3% of all abortions, meaning that most Americans support making virtually all abortions illegal.

The poll found 3% of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in all cases and another 45% believe abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape or incest or a risk to the mother’s life. Another 5% believe abortion should only be legal in cases of rape or incest and another 8% believe abortion should only be legal in cases of a direct risk to the life of the mother.

That entire subset of voters constitutes 61% of Americans taking a pro-life position against abortion while only 27% of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal only after the baby can survive outside the womb and another 12% did not know where they stood on abortions.

The poll found little difference in the abortion attitudes of women and men as 60% of women favored making all or almost all abortions illegal while 61% of men agreed.

Other polls found similar figures:

May 2019 Hill-HarrisX Poll: 55 percent of voters support a Heartbeat abortion ban

September 2018 The Hill poll: 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.