80 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal; 70 percent approve Medicaid Funding

Fam Plann Perspect. May-Jun 1979;11(3):189-90.


PIP: A survey commissioned by "Redbook" magazine and conducted by the Gallup Organization in January revealed that 80% of Americans think that abortion should be legal in all or some circumstances, up from 77% in 1977. 70% said Medicaid should pay for at least some abortions, despite the elimination of virtually all federal funding of abortions since the enforcement of the Hyde amendment in 1977. By a 60-37% majority Americans support the 1973 Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion, an increase over the 53-to-40% majority of 1977. An NBC News-Associated Press National Poll conducted in October 1978 showed different results on the question of whether Medicaid should be used to finance abortions. 48% of 1600 adults felt that the federal government should help a poor woman with her medical bills if she desires an abortion; 44% were not in favor of federal support, and 8% were undecided. The Harris Survey on abortion, conducted in February among a representative sample of 1199 adults, showed 60% in support of legal abortions, the highest level recorded in the series of polls. About 4 of 10 Americans (39%) would vote against a candidate they otherwise agreed with if they opposed his or her stand on the abortion issue.

Publication types

  • News

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Legal / economics*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Medicaid*
  • Pregnancy
  • Public Opinion*
  • United States