Poll Shows Youngest Americans More Pro-Life on Abortion Than Baby Boomers

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 22
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans young and old participate in the March for Life in Washington today, a new poll finds most marchers will likely be from the millennial generation or Generation X. The most recent Marist survey finds them the most pro-life on abortion.

Conducted by Marist Institute for Public Opinion in late December and early January, the new poll finds Americans of all generations are pro-life on abortion.

But it is Americans who are under the age of 44 who oppose abortion more than older Americans.

The survey, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, finds Baby Boomers (those aged 45-64) are the least pro-life, with 51 percent saying abortion is “morally wrong.”

The good news for the pro-life movement is the next two generations of Americans are pro-life.

Millennials, those young Americans between the ages of 18-29, have 59 percent of their generation saying abortion is morally wrong. Members of Generation X (30-44 years of age) say abortion is morally wrong at a 60% clip.

More than 6 in 10 of the Greatest Generation (those 65+) feel the same about opposing abortion.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told LifeNews.com today that the survey results are exciting to him because it represents hope for an abortion-free future.

“Americans of all ages — and younger people in even greater numbers than their parents — see abortion as something morally wrong,” he said. “America has turned a corner and is embracing life — and in doing so is embracing a future they — and all of us — can be proud of.”

“Advances in technology show clearly — and ever more clearly — that an unborn child is completely a human being. That, coupled with the large number of Americans who know one of the many people who has been negatively affected by abortion are certainly two of the reasons that Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with Roe v. Wade’s legacy of abortion, and with abortion generally,” Anderson continued.

“The majority of Americans now understand that abortion has consequences, and that those consequences are not good,” he said.

This is the third of three similar surveys Marist has conducted for the pro-life group and the polls in October 2008 and July 2009 also showed younger Americans more pro-life than their middle-aged counterparts.

This report presents the findings from a survey of 2,243 Americans — including an oversample of 1,006 members of the Millenial generation.

Reports for Americans have a margin of error of +/-2% and for Millennials it is +/-3%.

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