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(01/25/06) -

Party Lines Delineate American Views on Abortion

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Adults in the United States are split on the issue of pregnancy termination, according to a poll by Zogby International. 52 per cent of respondents favour abortion, while 43 per cent oppose it.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Adults in the United States are split on the issue of pregnancy termination, according to a poll by Zogby International. 52 per cent of respondents favour abortion, while 43 per cent oppose it.

A Supreme Court ruling in 1973 gave American women the right to an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy, and regulated the procedure during the second trimester “in ways that are reasonably related to maternal health.” In the third trimester, a state can choose to proscribe abortion, except when necessary “for the preservation of the life or health of the mother.”

Last month, a legal memorandum showed that Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito apparently favours overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling. Alito has said the document reflects his role as a lawyer, and not the way he would vote on specific issues if and when he joins the Supreme Court.

The views of Americans on abortion appear to be clearly defined along party lines. 77 per cent of Republican respondents believe the practice destroys a human life and is manslaughter, while only 15 per cent of Democrat respondents concur.

Polling Data

Do you favour or oppose abortion?

Favour

52%

Oppose

43%

Do you agree or disagree with this statement? – “Abortion destroys a human life and is manslaughter.”

 

Rep.

Dem.

Agree

77%

15%

Disagree

13%

70%

Source: Zogby Interactive
Methodology: Online interviews with 5,640 American adults, conducted from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23, 2006. Margin of error is 1.3 per cent.