As states add abortion rules, most Americans remain ambivalent
The absolutist voices have always dominated the abortion debate. But as it flares again in Congress and in legislatures across the country, the fight this time is heading into complicated political terrain, stirring the ambivalence that most Americans feel about the issue.
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#1 Jul 11, 2013
Uh, not that ambivalent.
Gallup Poll, May 2013: " The new poll finds a plurality of Americans, 49-42 percent, find abortion to be morally unacceptable."
When it comes to the permissibility of abortion by trimester, there's no ambivalence.
The most recent Gallup survey in December 2012, found that while 61 percent of respondents said that abortion should be legal in the first three months of pregnancy, just 27 percent thought it should be legal in the second three months and a mere 14 percent of respondents favored legal abortion in the last three months of a pregnancy.
** During first three months of pregnancy: 61 percent "Should be legal," 31 percent "Should be illegal"
** During second three months of pregnancy: 27 percent "Should be legal," 64 percent "Should be illegal"
** Last three months of pregnancy: 14 percent "Should be legal," 80 percent "Should be illegal"
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