Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com
A new national poll conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion finds relatively few Americans agree with the pro-abortion position taken by President Barack Obama favoring keeping abortions legal in all cases throughout pregnancy.
The polling firm released the results of a new survey today and found just 21 percent of Americans believe abortion should be permitted in all cases. Another 18 percent said abortions should be permitted but with the same restrictions on them that are currently in place.
Meanwhile, 13 percent held the pro-life view that all abortions should be illegal and 27 percent took a position opposing 98% of all abortions, saying they should only be legal in the very rare cases such as rape, incest or saving the life of the mother. Another 8 percent say abortions should be legal but subject to more strict limits than are currently in place.
The survey showed women were more likely than men to take a position favoring legal abortions, but within the margin of error — making it so men and women essentially have very similar views on abortion. While 12 percent of Americans are unsure of their abortion position in the poll, women are more unsure — 14-9 percent — than men.
The Angus Reid poll also found Democrats are more likely than Republicans to favor abortion — saying 25-12 percent that they support keeping all abortions legal. Some 36 percent of Democrats took one of the two pro-life positions opposing all or most all abortion compared with 55 percent of Republicans who held to a pro-life view. Independents held slightly more pro-life views than Democrats but their views were closer to Democrats than Republicans.
Asked another way, the poll found just 29 percent taking the “pro-choice” view that abortions should be legal under any circumstances while 49 percent said they should only be legal under certain circumstances and 14 percent said all abortions should be illegal. Women, in this question, were more likely to support abortion and, this time, outside the margin of error….