Would you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?

Abortion - Americans who are pro-life or pro-choice in 2017 This statistic shows the results of survey among Americans on whether they consider themselves pro-life of pro-choice regarding abortion from 2003 to 2017. In 2012, 41 percent of respondents stated they consider themselves pro-choice, meaning they would leave the decision to abort a pregnancy up to the pregnant woman. Pro-life supporters, which made up 50 percent of the respondents in 2012, on the other hand, oppose abortion altogether.
Abortion in the United States

Abortion and the question whether one is pro-life (and thus against abortion) or pro-choice (i.e. in favor of abortion) is a controversial topic in the United States and the subject of many heated discussions. Before the notorious “Roe vs. Wade” decision of the Supreme Court in 1973, abortion was illegal in most U.S. states and only legal under certain circumstances in others. In short, the case “Roe vs. Wade” was a milestone in granting women freedom over their own body, making abortion legal, as it ruled that a woman’s right to privacy included her unborn child, and set regulations for the availability of abortions.

Ever since this decision, there have been two main mindsets (with many variations) when it comes to abortion. One is the pro-life attitude, which deems abortion murder and considers life starting at conception. The other is the pro-choice movement, which focuses on the well-being of the mother and insists that the woman alone should decide whether she wants to keep a baby or not.

Politically, pro-lifers are usually seen as conservative, often belonging to the Republican camp, while pro-choicers are usually regarded as liberals who lean towards the Democrats. Of course, exceptions are not uncommon.

Morally speaking, the majority of Americans still think abortion is wrong , However, the pro-choicers seem to have taken the lead over the pro-lifers in recent years, as can be seen above. When asked if they think what Americans think in general, they answer accordingly, considering most of the fellow Americans to be pro-choice.
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Mixed /neitherPro-choicePro-life
May 3-7, 20172%49%46%
May 4-8, 20163%47%46%
May 6-10, 20153%50%44%
May 8-11, 20143%47%46%
May 2-7, 20133%45%48%
May 3-6, 20124%41%50%
May 5-8, 20113%49%45%
May 3-6, 20102%45%47%
May 7-10, 20092%42%51%
May 8-11, 20081%50%44%
May 10-13, 20073%49%45%
May 8-11, 20064%51%41%
May 2-5, 20053%48%44%
May 2-4, 20042%49%44%
May 5-7, 20032%48%45%
Mixed /neitherPro-choicePro-life
May 3-7, 20172%49%46%
May 4-8, 20163%47%46%
May 6-10, 20153%50%44%
May 8-11, 20143%47%46%
May 2-7, 20133%45%48%
May 3-6, 20124%41%50%
May 5-8, 20113%49%45%
May 3-6, 20102%45%47%
May 7-10, 20092%42%51%
May 8-11, 20081%50%44%
May 10-13, 20073%49%45%
May 8-11, 20064%51%41%
May 2-5, 20053%48%44%
May 2-4, 20042%49%44%
May 5-7, 20032%48%45%
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This statistic shows the results of survey among Americans on whether they consider themselves pro-life of pro-choice regarding abortion from 2003 to 2017. In 2012, 41 percent of respondents stated they consider themselves pro-choice, meaning they would leave the decision to abort a pregnancy up to the pregnant woman. Pro-life supporters, which made up 50 percent of the respondents in 2012, on the other hand, oppose abortion altogether.
Abortion in the United States

Abortion and the question whether one is pro-life (and thus against abortion) or pro-choice (i.e. in favor of abortion) is a controversial topic in the United States and the subject of many heated discussions. Before the notorious “Roe vs. Wade” decision of the Supreme Court in 1973, abortion was illegal in most U.S. states and only legal under certain circumstances in others. In short, the case “Roe vs. Wade” was a milestone in granting women freedom over their own body, making abortion legal, as it ruled that a woman’s right to privacy included her unborn child, and set regulations for the availability of abortions.

Ever since this decision, there have been two main mindsets (with many variations) when it comes to abortion. One is the pro-life attitude, which deems abortion murder and considers life starting at conception. The other is the pro-choice movement, which focuses on the well-being of the mother and insists that the woman alone should decide whether she wants to keep a baby or not.

Politically, pro-lifers are usually seen as conservative, often belonging to the Republican camp, while pro-choicers are usually regarded as liberals who lean towards the Democrats. Of course, exceptions are not uncommon.

Morally speaking, the majority of Americans still think abortion is wrong , However, the pro-choicers seem to have taken the lead over the pro-lifers in recent years, as can be seen above. When asked if they think what Americans think in general, they answer accordingly, considering most of the fellow Americans to be pro-choice.
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Release date
June 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2003 to 2017 (May of each year)
Number of respondents
1,024 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
*In 2014.

Missing percentage points to 100% are due to respondents stating they don't know what the terms mean or stating they have no opinion.

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