Poll: Most Still Favor Abortion Rights

The public gives a comparatively low priority to one specific item on the abortion agenda, a ban on so-called "partial-birth" abortion. Forty-five percent say this should receive either a high priority or the highest priority in Washington, ranking it last of 18 items tested.

Among those who say abortion should be generally illegal, 70 percent give priority to a ban on partial-birth abortion. But among the majority who favor generally legal abortion, just 28 percent give a priority to banning this specific procedure.


This ABCNEWS/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Jan. 11-15, among a random national sample of 1,513 adults. The results have a 2.5-point error margin. Fieldwork conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa.

Previous ABCNEWS polls can be found in our Poll Vault.

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