Survey Suggests Americans Remain Conflicted on Abortion

A sweeping public opinion survey suggests that Americans are as conflicted as ever when it comes to the volatile issue of abortion.

Findings by the Public Religion Research Institute show that large numbers of people identify themselves as both "pro-choice" and "pro-life."

The survey, released Thursday, examined the attitudes of some 3,000 adults, and was one of the largest of its kind. Fifty-six percent of the respondents said abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while 52 percent said it is morally wrong.

The survey devoted special attention to the views of young adults. It noted that 18-to-29 year olds are far more likely than their elders to support same-sex marriage, but also found that there's no comparable generation gap regarding abortion.

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