GALLUP: Nearly half of Americans believe abortion is acceptable – the highest number in two decades

47% of Americans believe abortion to be acceptable – the highest Gallup has measured in two decades of asking the question. Americans are still divided on the issue of abortion, as 46% believe abortion to be “morally wrong.”

The latest acceptance figures are up slightly on 2015, when 45% of Americans said it was morally acceptable. The poll – which was conducted May 3 to May 18 in a survey of 1,016 adults – found increased acceptance of abortion among Democrats and independents: 64% of Democrats think abortion is acceptable, while 51% of independents and just 26% of Republicans say the same.

The country is less divided on the issue of whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion being a constitutional right: 58% of Americans are against overturning the decision, while just 32% are for it. Since 1989—when Gallup began asking the question—Americans’ support for keeping Roe v. Wade in place has fluctuated between 52% and 66% [Forbes].


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