WASHINGTON – Nearly half of Americans believe that abortion goes against their moral beliefs, according to a poll released Thursday.
The Morning Consult poll found that 47% of the respondents said abortion goes against their moral beliefs and 39% said it does not go against their moral beliefs. But 14% said they either do not know if abortion goes against their moral beliefs or have no opinion on the issue.
Meanwhile, 35% percent said they agree with the statement “abortion is murder and should be illegal,” 49% said they disagree with the statement and 15% said they don’t know or had no opinion.
The poll found that 38% percent of the respondents said they believe life begins at conception. That includes 35% of men and 41% of women.
The survey included 2,200 respondents and was carried out May 28-30. It has a margin of error or plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Several states have recently enacted laws that limit access to abortion.
The legislation has caused panic among abortion rights groups, many of which see the confluence of events as a precursor to a legal challenge against the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. That case invalidated state laws prohibiting abortion. If Roe v. Wade were overturned, states could again outlaw abortion.