A new national poll finds a growing divide between younger and older Americans on abortion and reproductive health care – a shift that may be driven in large part by changing attitudes toward religion.
In the survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, or PRRI, respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 were more likely to report that their views on abortion had changed in recent years – and when they moved, they tended to move in favor of abortion rights. Of those young people whose opinions had changed, 25 percent said they became more supportive of legalized abortion compared to 9 percent who became less supportive.
Older respondents, meanwhile, were less likely to report they had changed their opinions; those who had changed their minds were more likely to have shifted toward opposing abortion rights.
“This moving in opposite directions has led us to a greater polarization between the generations on this issue,” said PRRI CEO Robert Jones.
The poll also looked at personal beliefs about abortion – in other words, opinions on the morality or ethics of abortion apart from the legal or political status of the procedure. More than half of Americans, 54 percent, said