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Americans and Millennials Agree: Abortion isn’t Black and White
04.08.2015

Millennials’ views on contentious topics like abortion aren’t too different than those of Americans overall—both groups stray away from the “pro-life” and “pro-choice” labels that have defined the abortion debate for decades.

PRRI surveys have consistently found that most Americans don’t fit neatly into these two groups. Now, a new poll by Vox further supports the nuanced approach Americans have to thinking about abortion. The Vox poll found that about one-third (32 percent) said they would label themselves as “pro-choice,” while 26 percent said “pro-life,” 18 percent said both, and 21 percent said neither.

These results are consistent with PRRI’s recently released millennials, sexuality, and reproductive health survey. Nearly half of millennials (age 18-35) identify with both “pro-life” and “pro-choice” labels (27 percent) or identify with neither label (22 percent). Only about one-quarter of millennials identify exclusively as “pro-choice,” (27 percent) or as “pro-life” (25 percent).

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Read the entire survey, “How Race and Religion Shape Millennial Attitudes on Sexuality and Reproductive Health.”