The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Abortion (1) 1972-1980

  '72 '74 '76 '78 '80
Never Permitted 11
(294)
** 11
(254)
10
(239)
10
(133)
Health in Danger 46
(1229)
** 44
(1041)
43
(976)
44
(609)
Personal Difficulty 17
(454)
** 16
(379)
16
(368)
18
(245)
Always Permitted 24
(642)
** 26
(619)
26
(604)
27
(375)
Don't Know, Other 3
(73)
** 4
(87)
4
(94)
3
(38)
N 2692 0 2380 2281 1400

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4C.2a.

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Question Text:

"Which one of the opinions on this page (1972: card) best agrees with your view?"
1. Abortion should never be permitted.
2. Abortion should be permitted only if the life and health of the woman is in danger.
3. Abortion should be permitted if, due to personal reasons, the woman would have difficulty in caring for the child.
4. Abortion should never be forbidden, since one should not require a woman to have a child she doesn't want.

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Never Permitted
Health in Danger
Personal Difficulty
Always Permitted

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