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Morality of Abortion, 2018-2020 Demographic Tables
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Morality of Abortion, 2018-2020 Demographic Tables

The following tables provide Americans' views on the morality of abortion by all major demographic and political subgroups. The annual results for 2018 to 2020 are based on Gallup's Values and Beliefs poll, conducted each May.

Americans' Views of the Morality of Abortion, 2020
Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. How about abortion?
Morally
acceptable
Morally
wrong
Depends on
the situation (vol.)
No opinion Number of
interviews
% % % % n
U.S. adults 44 47 9 1 1,028
Gender
Men 42 48 10 1 537
Women 47 45 8 1 491
Age I
18 to 29 60 38 1 * 132
30 to 49 36 53 10 * 259
50 to 64 46 43 10 2 279
65 and older 39 49 11 * 339
Age II
18 to 34 51 45 3 * 201
35 to 54 42 48 10 * 272
55 and older 41 47 11 1 536
Education I
No college 32 59 9 -- 204
Some college 45 44 10 1 358
College graduate only 56 38 4 1 264
Postgraduate 58 32 10 -- 196
Education II
Total college graduate 57 35 7 1 460
Not college graduate 38 52 10 * 562
Yearly household income
Less than $40,000 39 52 9 -- 268
$40,000 to $99,999 42 52 6 1 380
$100,000 or more 59 33 7 1 290
Race/Ethnicity
Non-Hispanic White Americans 44 46 9 * 760
Hispanic or non-White Americans 45 46 8 1 246
Ideology
Conservative 18 72 9 * 365
Moderate 52 39 9 1 398
Liberal 70 25 4 * 249
Party ID
Republican 27 64 8 * 321
Independent 41 51 7 1 369
Democratic 66 24 9 1 319
Leaned party ID
Republican/Lean Republican 27 65 7 * 476
Democrat/Lean Democratic 63 28 8 1 480
Attend religious services
Weekly 17 71 12 -- 269
Nearly weekly/Monthly 40 54 6 -- 210
Seldom/Never 60 33 6 1 523
Region
East 50 39 10 1 210
Midwest 41 46 13 * 217
South 38 55 7 1 354
West 52 41 6 1 247
* Less than 0.5%; (vol.) = volunteered response
Gallup, May 1-13, 2020

Americans' Views of the Morality of Abortion, 2019
Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. How about abortion?
Morally acceptable Morally wrong Depends on the situation (vol.) No opinion Number of interviews
% % % % n
Gender
Men 45 49 6 1 529
Women 40 52 7 1 480
Age I
18 to 29 61 34 5 1 144
30 to 49 39 56 4 * 263
50 to 64 39 51 9 1 279
65 and older 35 56 8 1 302
Age II
18 to 34 55 40 5 1 206
35 to 54 39 54 6 1 287
55 and older 37 55 7 1 495
Education I
No college 29 62 8 1 235
Some college 43 50 7 * 339
College graduate only 58 38 3 2 255
Postgraduate 57 36 5 1 176
Education II
Total college graduate 58 37 4 2 431
Not college graduate 35 57 8 1 574
Yearly household income
Less than $40,000 34 58 7 1 248
$40,000 to $99,999 44 49 7 1 401
$100,000 or more 55 39 5 1 276
Race/Ethnicity
Non-Hispanic white 44 47 8 1 728
Total Hispanic or nonwhite 39 57 4 * 260
Ideology
Conservative 23 71 6 * 391
Moderate 43 48 8 1 341
Liberal 73 22 4 1 252
Party ID
Republican 22 71 7 * 340
Independent 42 49 7 1 352
Democratic 65 30 4 1 299
Leaned party ID
Republican/Lean Republican 24 67 9 * 484
Democrat/Lean Democratic 62 32 4 1 437
Attend religious services
Weekly 21 75 3 1 260
Nearly weekly/Monthly 30 62 7 1 256
Seldom/Never 59 32 8 1 488
Region
East 49 43 8 1 212
Midwest 46 49 5 1 212
South 33 61 4 1 345
West 48 42 10 1 240
* Less than 0.5%; (vol.) = volunteered response
Gallup, May 1-12, 2019

Americans' Views of the Morality of Abortion, 2018
Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. How about abortion?
Morally acceptable Morally wrong Depends on the situation (vol.) No opinion Number of interviews
% % % % n
U.S. adults 43 48 7 1 1,024
Gender
Men 44 48 6 2 552
Women 41 49 8 1 472
Age I
18 to 29 51 45 3 * 166
30 to 49 46 44 9 1 275
50 to 64 36 54 8 2 264
65 and older 38 53 8 1 307
Age II
18 to 34 50 47 3 1 235
35 to 54 40 47 11 1 284
55 and older 41 51 7 1 493
Education I
Postgraduate 64 27 7 1 206
College graduate only 52 41 7 * 238
Some college 38 52 9 1 315
No college 35 57 7 1 256
Education II
College graduate 57 35 7 1 444
Not college graduate 36 55 7 1 571
Yearly household income
$75,000 or more 51 40 8 1 410
$30,000 to $74,999 40 53 6 1 364
Less than $30,000 38 55 7 1 153
Race/Ethnicity
Non-Hispanic white 44 48 7 1 753
Total Hispanic/Nonwhite 41 50 8 1 244
Ideology
Conservative 21 72 6 1 383
Moderate 44 46 9 1 353
Liberal 74 20 5 1 257
Party ID
Republican 23 71 6 * 303
Independent 42 48 9 1 417
Democrat 62 30 6 1 282
Leaned Party ID
Republican/Lean Republican 25 66 8 1 475
Democrat/Lean Democratic 62 32 5 1 444
Religion
Protestant/Christian 34 58 7 1 531
Catholic 39 51 9 1 200
None/Atheist/Agnostic 70 20 9 1 165
Attend religious services
Weekly 17 78 4 1 222
Nearly weekly/Monthly 37 54 8 2 284
Seldom/Never 56 34 9 1 512
Region
East 51 38 10 1 193
Midwest 41 52 8 0 213
South 34 57 7 1 362
West 51 41 6 3 256
* Less than 0.5%; (vol.) = volunteered response
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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