Data Shows Link Between Support for Abortion Legality and Personal Experience
Molly Igoe, PRRI Staff,
In PRRI’s landmark survey of over 40,000 Americans, “The State of Abortion and Contraception Attitudes in All 50 States: Findings from the 2018 American Values Atlas,” awareness of abortion, either through personal experience or knowing someone with personal experience, is strongly correlated with support for abortion legality. In the survey, just under half (49%) of Americans report that they themselves have had an abortion or know someone who has (or both).
Three in four (75%) Americans who report having had an abortion think it should be legal in all or most cases and 60% who know someone who had an abortion say the same. Americans who do not know anyone who had an abortion are evenly split between supporting and opposing abortion (46%).