Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Think Abortions Should be Permitted

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Washington, DC - A new poll conducted by Ipsos sheds light on current attitudes towards abortion.

Key Findings

  • Nearly 7 in 10 Americans think abortion should be permitted (68%), slightly below the global average of 71%.
    • This includes 40% of Americans who believe abortions should be permitted whenever a woman decides she wants one.
    • 8% of US adults think abortion should never be permitted, no matter what circumstances exist.

For the results of the survey presented herein, a sample of 1,001 adults aged 18-64 in the US January 20th and February 3rd, 2017. The precision of Ipsos online polls are calculated using a credibility interval with a poll of 1,000 accurate to +/- 3.5 percentage points. For more information on the Ipsos use of credibility intervals, please visit the Ipsos website.

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Chris Jackson
Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

About Ipsos

Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets. Ipsos ranks third in the global research industry.

With offices in 87 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across five research specializations: brand, advertising and media, customer loyalty, marketing, public affairs research, and survey management.

Ipsos researchers assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media and they measure public opinion around the globe.

Ipsos has been listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since 1999 and generated global revenues of €1,669.5 ($2,218.4 million) in 2014.

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Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Think Abortions Should be Permitted

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Chris Jackson
Vice President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs