WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a recent survey by Gallup, just under half of U.S. adults (47%) say the issue of abortion will be just one of many important factors in their vote for a candidate for a major office, while 25% do not consider it a major issue. At the same time, the 24% of U.S. adults who say they will vote only for a candidate who shares their views on the issue is, along with last year, significantly higher than most other years in the trend.
The questions were asked as part of Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, which was conducted May 1-13. Highlights from the results include:
- 47% say abortion issue is one of many important factors to their vote
- 24% say candidate must share abortion views
- 25% say not a major issue
- 30% of pro-life, 19% of pro-choice adults say abortion is threshold issue
- While likely holding different views on the issue itself, there is little difference between Republicans and Democrats on the same measure. Roughly half of each party indicated abortion is one of many important factors that will determine their vote, while approximately one-quarter say a candidate must share their views. More than one in five say it is not a major issue.
- Independents are more likely than both Republicans and Democrats not to consider abortion a major issue.