37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Poll Finds Majority of Americans, and
Nearly 6 in 10 Young Adults, Say Abortion 'Morally Wrong'
New survey shows 56% of all Americans and 58% of those 18-29 years old
say abortion 'morally wrong'
On the eve of the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in
Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout the United States, a
new survey shows a strong majority of Americans believe abortion to be
"Millennials" (those 18-29) consider abortion to be "morally wrong"
even more (58%) than Baby Boomers (those 45-64) (51%). Generation X
(those 30-44) are similar to Millennials (60% see abortion as "morally
wrong"). More than 6 in 10 of the Greatest Generation (those 65+) feel
The most recent Knights of Columbus -- Marist survey -- conducted in
late December and early January -- is the latest in a series of such
surveys commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and conducted by Marist
Institute for Public Opinion. In October of 2008 and July of 2009, the
survey has been tracking an increasing trend toward the pro-life
position -- a trend confirmed by Gallup and Pew surveys in mid-2009. K
of C -- Marist surveys are available online at
"Americans of all ages -- and younger people in even greater numbers
than their parents -- see abortion as something morally wrong," said
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "America has turned a corner and is
embracing life -- and in doing so is embracing a future they -- and all
of us -- can be proud of."
He added: "Advances in technology show clearly -- and ever more clearly
-- that an unborn child is completely a human being. That, coupled with
the large number of Americans who know one of the many people who has
been negatively affected by abortion are certainly two of the reasons
that Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with Roe v. Wade's legacy
of abortion, and with abortion generally. The majority of Americans now
understand that abortion has consequences, and that those consequences
are not good."
The question on abortion was part of a larger survey, which will be
released in the next several days.
This report presents the findings from a survey of 2,243 Americans --
including an oversample of 1,006 Millennials. Reports for Americans
have a margin of error of +/-2% and for Millennials it is +/-3%. Data
were collected from December 23, 2009 through January 4, 2010 using an
online, probability-based panel from Knowledge Networks, Inc.
Additional information is available at www.kofc.org. Data on the polls
commissioned by the Knights of Columbus are available at
Contact: Andrew Walther, Pat Korten
Knights of Columbus
January 22, 2010
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