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The Abortion Issue in Presidential Elections
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The Abortion Issue in Presidential Elections

The Abortion Issue in Presidential Elections

Gallup measures the abortion issue's importance to voters in each presidential election, gauging whether "pro-choice" or "pro-life" Americans are more likely to be single-issue voters. Here are the articles summarizing these data for each presidential election since 2000.

2016: Most "Pro-Life" Americans Unsure About Trump's Abortion Views

2015: Abortion Edges Up as Important Voting Issue for Americans

2012: Abortion Is Threshold Issue for One in Six U.S. Voters

2008: Will the Abortion Issue Help or Hurt McCain?

2008: Abortion Issue Laying Low in 2008 Campaign

2004: Abortion Issue Guides One in Five Voters

2000: Pro-Choice VP Selection Carries Risks for Bush

2000: Abortion a Major Issue, but Not Critical to Presidential Vote of Most Americans

Here is the full trend of the core question Gallup asks to determine the impact abortion has on a voter's choice of candidate.

Thinking about how the abortion issue might affect your vote for major offices, would you -- [ROTATED: only vote for a candidate who shares your views on abortion (or) consider a candidate's position on abortion as just one of many important factors (or) not see abortion as a major issue]?
Candidate must share views One of many important factors Not a major issue No opinion
% % % %
Registered voters
2016 May 4-8 20 51 27 3
2015 May 6-10 19 49 28 4
2014 May 8-11 19 49 27 4
2012 Sep 24-27 17 45 34 4
2007 May 10-13 16 60 23 2
2004 Oct 14-16 17 46 35 2
2004 May 2-4 14 46 39 1
2001 May 10-14 21 52 25 2
2000 Mar 30-Apr 2 14 52 32 2
1999 Apr 30-May 2 19 52 26 3
1996 Jul 25-28 15 53 30 2
1996 Jul 18-21 17 50 30 4
1992 Jun 29 13 46 36 5
National adults
2016 May 4-8 20 49 28 4
2015 May 6-10 21 46 27 5
2014 May 8-11 19 48 28 6
2012 Sep 24-27 18 44 33 5
2008 May 8-11 13 49 37 2
2007 May 10-13 16 59 23 3
2004 Oct 14-16 17 46 35 2
2004 May 2-4 14 45 39 2
2001 May 10-14 20 51 27 2
2000 Mar 30-Apr 2 15 49 33 3
1999 Apr 30-May 2 19 51 27 3
1996 Jul 25-28 16 51 30 3
1996 Jul 18-21 18 48 30 4
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