Poll: Partisan divide on abortion grows

Poll: Partisan divide on abortion grows
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Democrats and Republicans are growing further apart on the issue of abortion, a new poll shows.

Democrats have become more supportive of abortion, with 70 percent saying in 2018 it should be legal in all or most cases, compared to the 67 percent who said the same in 2014. 

Meanwhile, Republicans have become less supportive of abortion, with 34 percent of saying in 2018 it should be legal in all or most cases, compared to 39 percent in 2014.

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The poll, part of the 2018 American Values Atlas released Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute, also shows the percentage of Democrats who think abortion should be available with no restrictions is growing. 

In 2018, 35 percent of Democrats said abortion should be legal in all cases, compared to the 29 percent who said the same in 2014.

Overall, the support for the legality of abortion has remained stable from 2014 to 2018. 

In 2018, 54 percent said it should be legal in all or most cases, while 55 percent said the same in 2014. 

And 40 percent of Americans in 2018, compared with 41 percent in 2014, said abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. 

Younger Americans are more likely to say abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

In 2018, 59 percent of Americans ages of 18 to 29 said they support abortion, compared to 49 percent of seniors who said the same.