Pro-life org doesn't buy survey showing that young Americans, college grads tend to favor abortion

  • A new survey shows that more young Americans tend to favor legalizing abortion than do their older counterparts.
  • Those who have attended college are also more likely to hold pro-abortion views than those who did not.

A new survey shows that both young Americans and college-educated Americans favor legalizing abortion more than older Americans and those who have not graduated from college.

The Pew Research Center survey, released in late August, found that 70 percent of Americans between the ages of 18-29 say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 64 percent of adults aged 30-49 hold the same belief. Only 54 percent and 55 percent of older Americans between 50-64 and 65 and up hold the same pro-choice views, respectively.

“That’s one of the main flaws in most abortion polling. They use vague language..."   

[RELATED: SURVEY: Young Americans trust college profs more than military, police, religious leaders]

Virtually the same disparities were found when considering education levels, with 70 percent of college graduates and 60 percent of those with some college education claiming that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. The percentage of those who did not attend college and say abortion should be legal in all or most cases is 54 percent. 

Overall, in 2019, the survey found that 61 percent of the total adult population believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases -- a sharp 14 percent increase from the 47 percent total that held the same view ten years ago in 2009.

“Morality isn’t determined by polling numbers,” Matt Lamb, communications director for Students for Life, told Campus Reform

[RELATED: Survey: Over 75 percent of college students support legal abortion]

Lamb went on to note the problems associated with abortion polling.

“That’s one of the main flaws in most abortion polling. They use vague language and they don’t define their terms,” he stated. “I would be very skeptical of the poll results.”

As previously reported by Campus Reform, college-educated whites are more likely to say Trump is racist than non-college educated ones. 

Another recent survey found that young Americans are more likely to trust college professors than other prominent authority figures including the military, police officers, and religious leaders.

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Ethan Cai | New Hampshire Campus Correspondent

Ethan Cai is a New Hampshire Campus Correspondent and reports on liberal bias and abuse. He is a Freshman at Dartmouth College studying Quantitative Government Analysis with a minor in Economics.

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