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Abortion

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A steady 39% of Americans say they have felt the urge to protest, and abortion is currently the top issue motivating them to do so.

While inflation, government and the economy remain the top U.S. problems, 8% of Americans now mention abortion, the highest percentage mentioning that issue in Gallup's records.

Birth control and divorce remain the most morally acceptable of 19 issues measured, and extramarital affairs and cloning humans the most morally wrong.

This page provides Gallup's long-term trends on Americans' views about abortion by party identification, including views on the legality of abortion and self-identification as pro-choice or pro-life.

Americans' preferences for the legality of abortion are provided here in tabular form, with breakouts by key population subgroups.

This page outlines Gallup's long-term trends on Americans' views about abortion by gender.

This page provides Gallup's long-term trends on Americans' views about abortion by age, including their views on legality and their preferred label.

Americans' views on the morality of abortion are provided here in tabular form, with breakouts by key population subgroups.

Americans' identification as "pro-choice" or "pro-life" on abortion is provided here in tabular form, with breakouts by key population subgroups.

Twenty-seven percent of U.S. voters say candidates for major offices must share their views on abortion to get their vote, the highest in any election year.

Just over one-third of Americans, 35%, want Roe v. Wade overturned, while a steady 58% prefer that it stand.

A poll conducted mostly after news broke that the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade finds an uptick in support for abortion being broadly legal.

Americans' personal religiosity is significantly related to their abortion attitudes, even after controlling for religious and political identity and other demographic variables.

Americans' satisfaction with a variety of aspects of U.S. life and public policy areas remains depressed from 2020, with many declining further since 2021.

Americans' satisfaction with the nation's abortion policies is at a two-decade low of 24%, while the percentage who are dissatisfied because they believe the laws are too strict is at a high of 30%.

Gallup data since 2011 indicate that Texas residents' views on abortion closely mirror those of residents in solidly Republican states.

Americans are divided in their views of the morality of changing one's gender, with 51% saying it is morally wrong and 46% saying it is morally acceptable.

Nearly six in 10 Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, similar to their stance since 1989. Laws banning abortion after 18 weeks, in the case of fetal disability or once a heartbeat is detected, also spark majority opposition.