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Legality of Abortion, 2018 Demographic Tables
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Legality of Abortion, 2018 Demographic Tables

Legality of Abortion, 2018 Demographic Tables

The following tables provide the demographic breakdown of Americans' broad views about the legality of abortion, based on Gallup's May 1-10, 2018, Values and Beliefs poll.

  • The first table displays each group's views on whether abortion should be "legal under any circumstances," "legal only under certain circumstances" or "illegal in all circumstances."
  • The second table details these views further according to a follow-up question asked of those who say abortion should be legal only under certain circumstances. This specifies whether they think abortion should be legal "in most circumstances" or "only in a few circumstances."
Legality of Abortion, 2018
Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances or illegal in all circumstances?
Legal under any circumstances Legal only under certain circumstances Illegal in all circumstances No opinion Number of interviews
% % % % n
U.S. adults 29 50 18 2 1,024
Gender
Men 27 54 17 1 552
Women 31 46 20 3 472
Age I
18 to 29 37 42 19 2 166
30 to 49 30 50 18 1 275
50 to 64 25 52 19 3 264
65 and older 25 55 19 2 307
Age II
18 to 34 36 43 20 1 235
35 to 54 28 53 17 1 284
55 and older 25 53 19 3 493
Education I
Postgraduate 38 53 7 2 206
College graduate only 40 45 13 2 238
Some college 27 56 16 1 315
No college 23 47 27 3 256
Education II
Total college graduate 39 48 11 2 444
Not college graduate 25 51 22 2 571
Yearly household income
$75,000 or more 34 53 11 2 410
$30,000 to $74,999 29 50 19 1 364
Less than $30,000 24 46 30 0 153
Race/Ethnicity
Non-Hispanic white 29 54 16 1 753
Total Hispanic/Nonwhite 31 42 24 3 244
Ideology
Conservative 14 57 28 2 383
Moderate 31 52 16 1 353
Liberal 51 38 10 1 257
Party ID
Republican 11 61 27 1 303
Independent 30 50 18 3 423
Democrat 46 40 11 2 282
Leaned party ID
Republican/Lean Republican 14 61 25 1 475
Democrat/Lean Democratic 44 43 11 2 444
Religion
Protestant/Christian 25 51 22 3 531
Catholic 22 53 22 3 200
None/Atheist/Agnostic 47 48 5 * 165
Attend religious services
Weekly 20 37 40 3 222
Nearly weekly/Monthly 21 55 22 2 284
Seldom/Never 37 53 9 1 512
Region
East 37 47 12 4 193
Midwest 26 54 17 3 213
South 22 49 28 1 362
West 36 51 12 1 256
* Less than 0.5%
Gallup, May 1-10, 2018

Legality of Abortion, With Middle Position Specified, 2018
Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances or illegal in all circumstances? (Asked of those who say abortion should be legal only under certain circumstances) Do you think abortion should be legal in most circumstances or only in a few circumstances?
Legal under any Legal in most Legal in only a few Illegal in all Legal-unspecified/No opinion Number of interviews
% % % % % n
U.S. adults 29 14 35 18 3 1024
Gender
Men 27 15 39 17 2 552
Women 31 14 32 20 3 472
Age I
18 to 29 37 13 29 19 2 166
30 to 49 30 16 33 18 2 275
50 to 64 25 12 39 19 3 264
65 and older 25 14 41 19 3 307
Age II
18 to 34 36 13 29 20 1 235
35 to 54 28 15 38 17 2 284
55 and older 25 14 38 19 3 493
Education I
Postgraduate 38 26 26 7 3 206
College graduate only 40 13 32 13 2 238
Some college 27 14 42 16 2 315
No college 23 11 36 27 3 256
Education II
Total college graduate 39 19 29 11 3 444
Not college graduate 27 15 38 18 3 571
Yearly household income
$75,000 or more 34 19 34 11 3 410
$30,000 to $74,999 29 15 35 19 1 364
Less than $30,000 24 5 40 30 1 153
Race/Ethnicity
Non-Hispanic white 29 16 38 16 2 753
Total Hispanic/Nonwhite 31 11 30 24 4 244
Ideology
Conservative 14 8 48 28 2 383
Moderate 31 16 34 16 2 353
Liberal 51 20 17 10 1 257
Party ID
Republican 11 8 53 27 1 303
Independent 30 15 33 18 4 417
Democrat 46 18 22 11 2 282
Leaned Party ID
Republican/Lean Republican 14 12 48 25 2 475
Democrat/Lean Democratic 44 18 24 11 2 444
Religion
Protestant/Christian 25 10 40 22 4 531
Catholic 22 16 37 22 3 200
None/Atheist/Agnostic 47 21 26 5 1 165
Attend religious services
Weekly 20 4 33 40 3 222
Nearly weekly/Monthly 21 12 41 22 3 284
Seldom/Never 37 19 33 9 1 512
Region
East 37 17 29 12 5 193
Midwest 26 11 43 17 4 213
South 22 10 38 28 1 362
West 36 21 29 12 1 256
Gallup, May 1-10, 2018

Gallup measures Americans' attitudes on abortion each May as part of its Values and Beliefs poll -- one of 12 surveys that make up the Gallup Poll Social Series.

The full trend on this question among U.S. adults is available on the Gallup Abortion A-Z page.

Explore Gallup's curated archive of data and analysis on abortion on the Abortion Topics page.

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