Teens, Young Adults More Likely to Oppose Abortion, Want More Limits

A new poll conducted by a three media outlets finds that teenagers and young adults are more likely than older adults to say that they don’t think abortion should be legal or that it should be subject to stricter limits than it is now. The poll confirms the findings of other surveys showing the next generation of Americans are more pro-life. The New York Times, CBS News and MTV teamed up for the survey of 659 Americans between the ages of 17 and 29. They conducted the poll from June 15-23. Although the polling question was poorly worded in obtaining the true views of the young Americans on abortion, it provides some insights compared to older Americans. The media outlets asked respondents if they believe abortion should be “generally available to those who want it,” “available but under stricter limits than it is now,” or “not be permitted.” A total of 62 percent of young Americans say abortion should not be permitted (24 percent) or more strictly limited (38 percent). That’s higher than the 58 percent of older adults who give the same answers (split 21 and 37 percent respectively). The poll also found about one-third of young Americans saying abortion should be available at any time with 37 percent favoring that compared to 39 percent of older adults. While older adults favored no abortions or limited abortions by a 19 percent margin, that number rose to a 25 percent margin for the teens and young adults. A January 2006 Hamilton College poll found high school seniors take a pro-life position on abortion saying it’s morally wrong and supporting...