Adults ages 18-30 were given the options of:
- “By law, abortion should never be permitted,” which 13 percent supported
- “The law should permit abortion only in case of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is in danger,” which 23 percent supported
- “The law should permit abortion for reasons other than rape, incest, or danger to the woman’s life, but only after the need for the abortion has been clearly established,” which 13 percent supported
- “By law, a woman should always be able to obtain an abortion as a matter of personal choice,” which 45 percent supported
An overwhelming plurality favor the position of “always” allowing for an abortion. When accounting for the other three options, which are pro-life positions, or which favor some abortion restrictions, the total is 49 percent, indicating close to half of those 18-30 are pro-life or support some abortion restrictions.
If one is to interpret the last option to mean young people support any abortion for any reason throughout all months of pregnancy, then the 45 percent is especially an outlier.
Only 17 percent of millennials share the view that abortion should be legal “at any time, for any reason,” according to a recent Students for Life of America poll, a view Hillary Clinton holds.
The Students for Life of America poll also revealed that while young people reject the pro-life label (which 36 percent chose; 48 percent chose the pro-choice label), 53 percent said that abortion should “never” be legal, or legal “only in extreme cases (e.g. rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is at risk).”
The GenForward survey breaks down the respondents by race. When it comes to never permitting abortion, Hispanics (17 percent) and African Americans (13 percent) are most likely to hold that view. Another 26 percent of Hispanics and 25 percent of African Americans would allow for abortion only in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the woman is at risk.
When it comes to always allowing for abortion, 53 percent of Asian Americans and 46 percent of non-Hispanic adults hold this view.
“Would you favor or oppose totally eliminating federal funding to Planned Parenthood for family planning and preventive services?” the survey also asked.
A majority strongly opposed (47 percent) or somewhat opposed (20 percent) eliminating funding, while 15 percent strongly supported ending funding and another 17 percent somewhat supported its end.