Though the GSS has asked about the desired legality of abortion since the survey’s inception, it explicitly asked about the perceived morality of the practice for the first time in 2018. The following graph shows the two-way distribution–morally opposed or not–of responses across a host of demographic characteristics:
“It depends” responses are excluded. This likely has the effect of making overall moral sentiment appear more pro-choice than it actually is, since a lot of these respondents presumably have in mind moral exceptions for rarities such as rape and incest but who generally otherwise find it morally objectionable.
Overall, 51.6% of respondents express moral opposition while 48.4% do not.
One aspect of the abortion debate that is virtually never mentioned by the corporate media because of how obviously problematic it is for the preferred narrative is that men are modestly more pro-choice than women.
Among white Democrats, abortion is overwhelmingly viewed as a mere medical procedure. Non-white Democrats, in contrast are split evenly on the question. If a vociferous POC pro-life caucus ever emerges on the left, will pussyhat-wearing Beckies yield to their more intersectional cohorts?
Having children, being Republican, and believing in God are all strong predictors of moral opposition to abortion.
GSS variables used: RACECEN1(1)(2)(4-10), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), SEX, ABMORAL(1-2), GOD(1)(2)(3-5)(6), PARTYID(0-1)(2-4,7)(5-6), CHILDS(0)(1)(2-8), SEXORNT(1-2)(3), WORDSUM(0-4)(5-7)(8-10), BORN(1)