According to Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, women in the United States are more likely to oppose abortion than men. Speaking on Hill TV, Lake said, “Women are much less likely to be pro-choice." Lake is president of Lake Research. She told show host Joe Concha, "Women are more religious than men, and so women are slightly less pro-choice than men."
Her comments came while attention has been focused on the several candidates to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. Named by Ronald Reagan, Kennedy was often a swing vote in several cases that gave hims the reputation for being a liberal at the Supreme Court. Democrats and abortion advocates have expressed concern that Trump will offer a nominee who is hostile to abortion, which was legalized by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade in 1972.
In the past, studies indicated that there was no significant difference in the views about abortion held by men and women. In May, the Gallup organization determined that 26 percent of men said they favored access to legal abortion under all circumstances, whereas 31 percent of women said they agreed. That survey also found that 19 percent of both men and women said abortion should be completely illegal.
The Marist Poll organization found in 2016 that people who described themselves as practicing a religion were more likely to identify themselves as "pro-life" than "pro-choice" by a 58 percent to 37 percent margin. Also, that poll determined that 30 percent of religiously observant respondents who called themselves "pro-choice" said they sometimes think of themselves as "pro-life."