Last Wednesday on the New York Timesâ€™ FiveThirtyEight blog, David Leonhardt conducted an analysis of public-opinion data on the issue of abortion.
Unlike many pundits who simply analyze one poll and spin the results to support their position, Leonhardt analyzes a range of recent surveys in an attempt to gauge public opinion accurately.
Not surprisingly, he paints a mixed picture. In part thatâ€™s because, as political professionals and academics are well aware, survey results on life issues can be very sensitive to the specific way that questions are worded.
Leonhardt correctly states that many polls indicate that the Roe v. Wade decision enjoys broad public support, but he also acknowledges that many people still remain uncomfortable with unrestricted abortion access. According to a 2012 Pew research poll, fewer than 25 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in all cases. ...