More than half of Americans say abortion should be legal in all, most cases | The Numbers Racket

A majority of men (58 percent) and women (63 percent) said abortion should be legal in all or most cases

By: - June 6, 2022 7:23 am

Hundreds of protesters rally in Harrisburg on Saturday, May 14, 2022, to promote abortion access. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

Public opinion data from Pew Research Center shows that a majority of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. 

The data, which was compiled in May, shows that 61 percent of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases compared to 37 percent of Americans who say it should be illegal in all or most cases. 

The percentage of Americans who say abortion should be legal in all or most cases rose slightly from 59 percent in 2021, according to the findings. 

The percentage of Americans who say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases has declined steadily over the last seven years, the data shows. 

In 2015, the percentage of Americans who said abortion should be illegal in all or most cases was 43 percent compared to 37 percent in 2022. 

A majority of men (58 percent) and women (63 percent) said abortion should be legal in all or most cases. 

Americans’ views on abortion vary greatly by religious affiliation, according to Pew data. 

  • 74 percent of white evangelical protestants said that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases compared to 24 percent who said that it should be legal in all or most cases. 
  • 50 percent of respondents who identify as Catholic said that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared to 42 percent who said that it should be illegal in all or most cases.
  • Unaffiliated respondents were the most likely (84 percent) to say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared to just 15 percent of unaffiliated respondents who said it should be illegal. 

Support for Abortion by Race & Ethnicity

Asian, Black, and Hispanic respondents were more likely to say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases compared to white respondents who said the same. 

74 … the percentage of Asian respondents who said abortion should be legal in all or most cases

68 … the percentage of Black respondents who said abortion should be legal in all or most cases

60 … the percentage of Hispanic respondents who said abortion should be legal in all or most cases

59 … the percentage of white respondents who said abortion should be legal in all or most cases. 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.

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