New Pew Research Center Poll Shows Continuing Robust Support for Roe v. Wade Decision



The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently reported that most members of the major religious groups in the U.S. support a woman’s constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and would not like to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

Sixty-three percent of Americans who were polled supported Roe v. Wade, while 29% wanted to see the decision overturned. This spread (34 points) has changed significantly since 1995, when the numbers were 60% supporting and 38% opposing (a 22-point difference).

White evangelical Protestants, Mormons, and Hispanic Catholics were the only groups in which majorities (54%, 63%, and 53% respectively) thought abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. Among white mainline Christians the corresponding figure was 32%, and among Black Protestants, it was 39%. Only 40% of white Catholics wanted to see abortions banned. Among poll respondents who identified as Jewish, 10% said they would support a ban.


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