Colorado Springs, Colorado – The majority of US Christians say they are “pro-choice,” according to a new survey by the research firm Magid. The survey, based on online interviews with 1,000 adults nationwide aged 18 to 69, was commissioned by Save the Storks, a self-proclaimed “pro-life” organization located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
According to the survey, 25% of all respondents identify themselves as “pro-life,” in other words opposed to legal abortion. In contrast, 40% identified as “pro-choice,” and 29% of respondents said they were “neither or a mix of both,” while 7% said they “don’t know.” When broken down by religious background, 47% of self-identified evangelicals, 33% of mainline Protestants, and 27% of Catholics identified themselves as “pro-life.” As well, 30% of evangelicals, 33% of Catholics, and 26% of mainline Protestants said they were “neither or a mix of both.” Only 18% of evangelical respondents identified themselves as “pro-choice,” while 34% of Catholics and 36% of mainline Protestants said the same thing.
Although the plurality of respondents that participated in the survey identified as “pro-choice,” only 27% said they think abortion should be legal in all cases, while 14% of all respondents said that abortion should be illegal in all cases. Some 34% of self-identified pro-life respondents said they think abortion should be illegal in all cases, while 52% said it should illegal in most cases. Some 10% of pro-life respondents said abortion should be legal in most cases and 4% said abortion should be legal in all cases. Of the 40% of respondents who said they were pro-choice, 52% believe that abortion should be legal in all cases, while 36% said it should be legal in most cases. Strikingly, given the vocal opposition of the Catholic hierarchy to abortion, only 16% of Catholics believe that abortion should be illegal in most cases. As well, 18% of mainline Protestants agree, and 38% of Catholics said abortion should be legal in most cases, while 28% of mainline Protestants said the same thing. t (Seattle Gay News – Mike Andrew at sgn.org/sgnnews47_46/page15.cfm)
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