June 1, 2007

Abortion Middle Ground

66%

That’s the percentage of American adults who support finding “a middle ground” when it comes to abortion. Three-in-ten Americans believe “there’s no room for compromise when it comes to abortion laws.”

While the legalization of abortion continues to divide the country, there is consensus in one key area: Two out of three Americans (66%) support finding “a middle ground” when it comes to abortion, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Pulbic Life. By contrast, only three-in-ten (29%) believe “there’s no room for compromise when it comes to abortion laws.” This desire to find common ground extends broadly across the political and ideological spectrum. Majorities of Republicans (62%), Democrats (70%) and political independents (66%) favor a compromise. More than six-in-ten white evangelicals also support compromise, as do 62% of white, non-Hispanic Catholics. Only one group expresses unwillingness to find a middle way: Two-thirds (66%) of those who support an outright ban on abortion say there should be no compromise. Read More