PPIC poll finds shift in abortion opinions

The Public Policy Institute of California’s February statewide survey shows that while Californians strongly favor pro-choice public policies, the are shifting ground on their views about restrictions.

Since January 2000, the percentage of Californians who oppose limits on access to abortion has dropped 10 points to 71 percent while those who back abortion restrictions has increased 8 points to 27 percent.

In other findings,Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval rating drops to 33 percent, down from 40 percent in January. The state Legislature’s approval rate remained at a record-low 21 percent. By comparison, President Barack Obama enjoys a 70 percent approval rating for his first month in office.

Other results:

— 66 percent support the retention of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that provides a woman’s right to access to legal abortions.

— 68 percent would support a state law that requires parents to be notified before a minor obtains an abortion. This is curious finding since voters have rejected three statewide parental notification initiatives.

— 89 percent believe access to birth control and contraceptives is an important factor in the reduction of unwanted pregnancies but only 46 percent were aware that the federal government funds these services for the poor.

— Only 9 percent believe schools do more than enough when it comes to teaching sex education.

— 51 percent say immigration is the biggest reason for California’s population growth and 52 percent say that growth is a bad thing for them and their families.

— 42 percent say two is the ideal number of children for a family.

— 44 percent say the 2010 gubernatorial candidates’ views on abortion are very important to them.

The PPIC conducts monthly surveys on a variety of public policy and political issues. For the full February survey, visit PPIC’s web site.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • BGR

    Wasn’t this finding in a Pew poll before the election?

  • I

    Your numbers are a bit off. Those who favor abortion restrictions has fallen to 61% from 71%, and those who favor abortion restrictions has risen to 35%, up from 27%.