Most Americans do not take a hard-line position on this issue. Nearly six-in-ten say that abortion either should be legal in most cases (33%) or should be illegal in most cases (25%). Fewer say that abortion should be legal (20%) or illegal (16%) in all cases.
Public Opinion on Abortion
Current Breakdown of Views, 2011-2012
Source: Aggregated data from Pew Research Center surveys conducted in 2011 and 2012.
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