States
Ranked
By
Size of
Abortion
Gap
Overall Poll Results Pro-Life Voters Pro-Choice Voters Abortion Gap Rectangular Callout: How to Read this Chart: This chart compares the differences between "Pro-Life" voters and "Pro-Choice" voters in 28 states. For example: In SurveyUSA's most recent election poll from the state of Washington, Kerry is ahead of Bush by 7 pts among all likely voters ("overall"). A blue 7 appears in the "Overall" column, blue to signify Democrat advantage. However, in the state of Washington, if you look at just the "Pro-Life" voters, Bush leads by 65 pts. (82% of Pro-Life voters vote for Bush; 17% vote for Kerry; those results not shown on this particular sheet, but elsewhere available on SurveyUSA website.) A red 65 shows up in the Pro-Life column (red for Republican advantage). In the state of Washington, if you look at just the Pro-Choice voters, Kerry leads by 43 pts. (70% of Pro-Choice voters vote for Kerry; 27% vote for Bush.) A blue 43 shows up in the Pro-Choice column. If you add 43 and 65, you get 108, which is the size of the difference between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice voters in Washignton. A 108 shows up in the "Abortion Gap" column. Note: There is no state where Pro-Life voters vote for Kerry, and there is no state in which Pro-Choice voters vote for Bush. The average Abortion Gap, across the 28 states surveyed by SurveyUSA, is 76 points. Chart ranked from states with the largest Abortion Gap to smallest.
1 Washington 7 65 43 108
2 Oregon 9 51 49 100
3 Arkansas 5 46 48 94
4 Missouri 6 48 44 92
5 Colorado 8 64 23 87
6 North Carolina 3 53 34 87
7 Virginia 4 51 32 83
8 Iowa 1 44 38 82
9 Ohio 2 40 42 82
10 Pennsylvania 6 40 42 82
11 Kansas 19 59 20 79
12 Indiana 19 55 22 77
13 Oklahoma 30 62 13 75
14 Tennessee 19 49 24 73
15 Maine 2 49 23 72
16 Michigan 10 31 41 72
17 New York 23 23 48 71
18 Rhode Island 20 26 45 71
19 Florida 1 46 23 69
20 Nevada 7 54 15 69
21 Maryland 15 28 40 68
22 Texas 23 56 12 68
23 South Carolina 13 54 13 67
24 Georgia 19 50 15 65
25 Arizona 14 50 14 64
Rectangular Callout: On Average, Pro-Life voters favor George W Bush by 46 pts. Pro-Choice voters favor John Kerry by 30 pts. The average difference is 76 spread pts.
26 Kentucky 19 43 19 62
27 New Jersey 8 31 28 59
28 Illinois 16 15 37 52
Average 3 46 30 76
  A blue box indicates that the Democrat, John Kerry, is ahead.
  A red box indicates that the Republican, George W. Bush, is ahead.
  A white box indicates that the two are tied.
  Amount by which Pro-Life voters and Pro-Choice voters differ
Exact wording of question: "On abortion, are you Pro Life? Or Pro Choice?"
Data last updated 10/19/04