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Poll Examines U.S. Adults' Views on Abortion Rights

Poll Examines U.S. Adults' Views on Abortion Rights

April 9, 2015 — Nearly 40% of U.S. adults do not identify as firmly "pro-choice" or "pro-life," according to a new Vox poll, Vox reports.

PerryUndem Research/Communication conducted the poll, which surveyed 1,067 U.S. adults between March 4 and March 12.

Key Findings

Overall, the poll found that about one-third of U.S. adults said they identify as "pro-choice," while 26% said they identify as "pro-life." Meanwhile, 18% of respondents said they are both "pro-choice" and "pro-life," while 21% said they did not identify with either label.

The poll also found that more than 75% of respondents said they held their view on abortion strongly. According to the poll, 46% of respondents said abortion should be legal in some or most situations, and 68% of respondents said they supported the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade.

In addition, the poll found that about 40% of respondents said they had talked with someone about the decision to have an abortion or the experience of having an abortion, and that such respondents were more likely to support abortion rights.

Specifically, about 50% of respondents who had talked to someone about an abortion experience said that women in nearly all cases should have a right to abortion, compared with about 30% of respondents who had not had such a conversation. Further, more than 70% of respondents who had such a conversation agreed that "[a]s long as abortion is legal, women should have safe and affordable access," compared with less than 60% of respondents who had not had such a conversation.

Meanwhile, a majority of respondents said women's abortion experiences should be affordable, comfortable, nonjudgmental, without added burdens and without pressure (Kliff, Vox, 4/8).