A recently released joint study by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has found there is no significant gender gap when it comes to the issue of abortion.
“There is no gender gap in opinions about Roe v. Wade,” the study said. “Nearly identical percentages of women (64%) and men (63%) oppose reversing the decision.”
Despite the fact a little over 60% of respondents oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, 47% of respondents said abortion is morally wrong; only 13% said it is morally acceptable to have an abortion; and 27% said it is not a moral issue.
Women were actually more likely to say abortion is immoral than men, with 49% of women saying abortion is morally wrong as opposed to 45% of men. Only 10% of women said abortion is morally acceptable as opposed to 16% of men.
This would seem contrary to the “war on women” so many have talked about in recent months, which tends to characterize women as being overwhelmingly pro-choice. This study seems to indicate women are more likely to say abortion is immoral, and less likely embrace it as the right thing to do.
The study also found young people are least aware of Roe v. Wade and what the decision does.