Abortion by Law (2) 1980 -2016

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Data Table

  '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 '14 '16
Never Permitted 11
(178)
13
(180)
13
(288)
13
(283)
12
(253)
12
(235)
10
(257)
13
(233)
13
(223)
12
(158)
12
(224)
** 14
(149)
** 15
(154)
** 12
(719)
** 14
(586)
Rape, Incest, Danger 32
(506)
30
(418)
29
(658)
28
(614)
33
(662)
33
(642)
28
(681)
31
(550)
30
(514)
30
(380)
31
(554)
** 32
(335)
** 27
(285)
** 28
(1621)
** 27
(1126)
Clear Need 18
(294)
19
(266)
19
(434)
18
(390)
18
(370)
14
(279)
14
(344)
14
(251)
16
(270)
16
(208)
15
(271)
** 18
(186)
** 18
(187)
** 16
(916)
** 14
(601)
Always as Personal Choice 35
(569)
35
(495)
35
(791)
38
(833)
35
(711)
40
(776)
46
(1126)
40
(704)
40
(678)
40
(510)
39
(709)
** 36
(376)
** 40
(419)
** 44
(2605)
** 45
(1892)
Don't Know, Other 4
(57)
3
(39)
3
(66)
2
(46)
1
(29)
2
(31)
3
(62)
2
(31)
2
(26)
1
(16)
2
(40)
** 1
(12)
** 1
(10)
** 0
(18)
** 0
(10)
N 1604 1398 2237 2166 2025 1963 2470 1769 1711 1272 1798 0 1058 0 1055 0 5879 0 4215

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4C.2b.
Source: VCF0838 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset, weighted with VCF0009z
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Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Never Permitted
Rape, Incest, Danger
Clear Need
Always as Personal Choice

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.

Note:

2012 and 2016 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

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