Report Gauges Public Opinion, 40 Years After Roe v. Wade

The poll found what Pew calls “deep differences” among religious and political groups about the morality of abortion. However, says Cooperman, it also found that even people who are personally opposed to terminating a pregnancy seem willing to allow for exceptions.

The numbers of people who support and/or oppose the Roe v. Wade decision haven't changed significantly since the 1990s, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

“Public opinion on this is not as divided into two straightforward camps as one might think. The way we asked the moral question is, ‘Do you think that abortion is morally wrong, morally acceptable, or not a moral issue?’ And then there was a fourth category, of some people who volunteered, ‘Well, it depends on the situation.'”

Fifty-three percent of those polled told Pew that the abortion debate is “not that important” compared to other issues facing the country.

The poll results are online at