Do Public Attitudes Toward Abortion Influence Attitudes Toward Family Planning?

Findings from a Survey of Americans

by David M. Adamson, Joan Belden, Julie DaVanzo, Sally Patterson

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This research brief describes work documented in How Americans View World Population Issues: A Survey of Public Opinion (MR-1114-DLPF/WFHF/RF) and Beyond the Numbers: How Americans View Global Population Issues (RB-5037).

Excerpt: How closely do public attitudes mirror these impressions? To address this question, RAND's Population Matters program asked a nationally representative sample of 1,500 Americans about their views on family planning and on abortion. The questions were part of a broader survey of public attitudes about global population trends and issues.

Population Matters is sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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