Public Opinion on Abortion Compared to Other Cultural Issues

Since the early 2000s, we’ve seen opposition to same-sex marriage and legal marijuana use drop by around 25 percentage points. Public opinion on abortion, however, has been less fluid. In 2000, 53 percent thought abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 43 percent thought it should be illegal in all or most cases. In 2017, support for legalized abortion had ticked up to 57 percent, and opposition had ticked down to 40 percent. Those numbers reflect gradual shifts, far from the seismic changes we’ve seen on other cultural issues.

Planned Parenthood Had A Turbulent Decade. But That Hasn’t Changed Americans’ Views Of It

Books to Better Understand America

One of the main goals of Indy Analytics is to help better understand our world. Reading books is a great way to start, and this list by Noah Smith at Bloomberg is the perfect primer. I’m particularly interested in reading the New Geography of Jobs to get insight into why some cities thrive and how to revive places that are failing.

10 Things to Read to Better Understand America