Millenials for Gay Marriage, But Not Necessarily Pro-Choice

Millenials for Gay Marriage, But Not Necessarily Pro-Choice July 1, 2011

The Public Religion Research Institute has a new study out on abortion opinions in America.  In some ways, the results are not surprising: a solid majority of Americans think that abortions should be legal and available; evangelical Protestants are the least likely to think so.

But other conclusions are more surprising:

Unlike all other age groups, Millennials register different levels of support for the availability and legality of abortion. On the one hand, Millennials are strongly committed to the availability of abortion and are significantly more likely than the general public to say that at least some health care professionals in their community should provide legal abortions (68% vs. 58% respectively). But they are no more likely than the general public to say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. These findings suggest general measures of legality may not fully capture support for legal abortion among Millennials.

In general, and interestingly, in all other demographics, opposition to same sex marriage correlates with opposition to legal and available abortion, but millenials tend to be pro-gay marriage and have mixed feelings about abortion.


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