June 12, 2014

2014 Political Polarization Survey

Table 4.5 Abortion

Q124/a/b: Do you think abortion should be (LEGAL in all or most cases) OR (ILLEGAL in all or most cases) [RANDOMIZE]?
ASK IF LEGAL: Do you think there are any situations in which abortion should be restricted, or should there be no restrictions at all on abortion?
ASK IF ILLEGAL: Do you think there are any situations in which abortion should be allowed, or should there be no situations at all where abortion is allowed?

These questions are discussed in Section 4 of the report.

Legal in all or most cases Illegal in all or most cases
TOTAL Total
%
51
No restrictions
%
19
Situations where restricted
%
31
Total
%
43
Situations where allowed
%
28
No situations where allowed
%
14
(N)3341
PARTY WITH LEANERS
Rep/Rep lean 37 11 26 58 39 19 1,340
Dem/Dem lean 67 27 38 29 19 10 1,572
PARTY ID
Republican 32 10 22 62 39 21 788
Democrat 65 29 35 30 19 10 1,036
Independent 53 18 35 42 29 12 1,320
Lean Republican 42 11 31 54 38 15 552
Lean Democrat 68 24 44 29 20 9 536
IDEOLOGICAL CONSISTENCY
Consistently Conservative 19 5 15 73 51 21 347
Mostly Conservative 36 12 23 58 37 19 625
Mixed 50 16 33 44 29 14 1,179
Mostly Liberal 57 23 33 36 23 13 698
Consistently Liberal 88 43 44 9 8 2 492
SEX
Men 49 17 31 45 30 14 1,631
Women 53 21 31 41 27 14 1,710
AGE
18-49 53 18 34 42 26 15 1,336
50+ 49 21 28 44 31 12 1,960
DETAILED AGE
18-29 51 16 35 45 28 16 483
30-49 54 20 34 40 25 14 853
50-64 54 22 31 41 28 12 1,028
65+ 43 18 24 49 35 13 932
SEX BY AGE
Men 18-49 51 16 35 44 26 17 692
Men 50+ 47 19 27 46 35 10 922
Women 18-49 55 21 33 40 27 13 644
Women 50+ 52 22 29 43 27 15 1,038
RACE
White, non-Hispanic 54 19 34 41 28 12 2,407
Black, non-Hispanic 47 23 24 46 28 17 348
Hispanic 44 17 26 51 30 20 301
EDUCATION
College grad+ 62 26 35 33 23 9 1,378
Post grad 63 26 36 32 24 8 491
College grad 61 25 35 34 23 10 887
Some college 53 18 34 41 29 11 977
HS or less 43 16 27 51 31 20 972
FAMILY INCOME
$75,000+ 63 24 39 33 23 9 1,020
$30,000-$74,999 53 20 32 43 30 12 1,026
<$30,000 44 16 27 50 31 18 971
RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE
Total Protestant 42 14 28 52 34 17 1,673
White NH evang. Prot. 25 7 18 70 45 24 624
White NH mainline Prot. 60 20 40 32 24 8 583
Total Catholic 47 15 32 47 31 15 715
White NH Cath. 51 15 35 44 31 12 496
Unaffiliated 76 33 41 21 13 7 591
ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES
Weekly or more 30 10 20 65 38 25 1,270
Less than weekly 63 25 38 31 23 8 2,031
REGION
Northeast 61 27 34 33 23 9 606
Midwest 49 15 33 46 33 12 724
South 45 17 28 49 31 18 1,240
West 55 22 33 38 25 13 771
AMONG REP/LEAN REP
Men 35 10 25 59 41 17 721
Women 39 12 27 57 36 21 619
18-29 37 8 30 59 36 22 163
30-49 40 11 29 55 34 19 315
50-64 40 12 28 56 39 16 430
65+ 25 10 16 67 48 18 417
Agree with Tea Party 29 6 23 66 45 19 555
Disagree/No opinion 41 13 28 54 35 18 761
AMONG DEM/LEAN DEM
Men 66 25 40 30 20 10 709
Women 67 29 37 29 19 10 863
18-29 67 23 43 31 20 12 240
30-49 68 28 39 27 17 10 409
50-64 69 31 37 27 19 8 467
65+ 61 26 34 33 23 10 441
AMONG WHITES
Men 52 17 35 43 30 12 1,177
Women 56 21 34 39 26 12 1,230
18-29 53 14 38 43 27 15 274
30-49 59 19 40 36 23 12 561
50-64 58 23 34 38 28 8 761
65+ 42 18 24 51 36 13 790
College grad 63 25 37 33 23 9 1,091
Some college or less 50 16 33 45 30 13 1,311
College grad men 59 21 38 35 26 8 566
College grad women 66 29 36 30 21 9 525
Some col or less men 48 15 33 46 32 13 609
Some col or less women 51 18 32 43 29 14 702
$75,000+ 64 23 41 32 23 9 839
$30,000-$74,999 52 18 34 44 31 12 760
<$30,000 48 17 30 46 30 15 578

Cite this publication: “2014 Political Polarization Survey.” Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C. (June 12, 2014) http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/12/political-polarization-detailed-tables/, accessed on July 22, 2014.