Poll shows decline in support for abortion

More say reducing abortions a good idea
Support for abortion is declining across the country, with Americans now evenly divided on whether it should be legal, a new Pew study shows.

In 2007 and 2008, supporters of legal abortion more clearly outnumbered opponents, but recent surveys by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 47 percent now say it should be legal in all or most cases and 44 percent believe it should be illegal all or most of the time.

Those figures represent a shift away from support for abortion rights in previous years, when 54 percent of respondents supported legal abortion and 40 percent thought abortion should be illegal.

Researchers found a broad range of Americans who indicated significantly less support for abortion, including white mainline Protestants and white Catholics who attend worship services at least weekly, as well as Jews.


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