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Abortion (2), by Law 1980-2012

  '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Never Permitted : 11 13 13 13 12 12 10 13 13 12 12 ** 14 15 12
Rape, Incest, Danger : 32 30 29 28 33 33 28 31 30 30 31 ** 32 27 28
Clear Need : 18 19 19 18 18 14 14 14 16 16 15 ** 18 18 16
Always as Personal Choice: 35 35 35 38 35 40 46 40 40 40 39 ** 36 40 44
Don't Know, Other : 4 3 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 ** 1 1 0
N   1604 1398 2237 2166 2025 1963 2470 1770 1710 1271 1798   1058 1055 5878

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 4C.2b
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

"Which one of the opinions on this page best agrees with your view?"
1. By law, abortion should never be permitted
2. The law should permit abortion only in case of rape,
incest, or when the woman's life is in danger.
3. The law should permit abortion for reasons other than
rape, incest, or danger to the woman's life, but only
after the need for the abortion has been clearly
established.
4. By law, a woman should always be able to obtain an
abortion as a matter of personal choice.


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

 
 
NOTE: 2012 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

This question is variable VCF0838 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset.
Consult the Cumulative Data File codebook for complete question text and annotation.
Weight variable VCF0009z was used to produce this table (see weight documentation)

(Table generated: 11NOV15)


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