Poll: 60 Percent of Americans Say Abortion is Morally Wrong

AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach
AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach

A new poll shows that a majority of Americans continue to think abortion is morally wrong, even though the country is split between people identifying as “pro-life” or “pro-choice.”

The latest Marist/Knights of Columbus poll shows that 60 percent of Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong.

Forty-seven percent of Americans describe themselves as pro-life, while 49 percent identify as pro-choice. Four percent of the respondents were “unsure.”

When asked by pollsters when a woman should be legally allowed an abortion, only nine percent said any time during her entire pregnancy. Eight percent said only during the first six months of her pregnancy.

Even 69 percent of respondents who described themselves as pro-choice believed that abortion should be allowed only in the first trimester or in cases of rape and incest or to save the life of the mother.

A total of 84 percent of respondents called for significant restrictions on abortion, limiting it to the first three months of pregnancy.

Sixty-eight percent of Americans actually oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, while only 28 percent support it.

The poll was released in preparation for the March for Life, which will take place in Washington D.C. this afternoon.

The survey of 2,079 adults was conducted Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, 2015, by the Marist Poll and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.


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