56% of Young Adults Don't Know What Roe v. Wade Is
Pew takes a poll some 40 years later
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2013 10:47 AM CST
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 file picture, anti-abortion and pro-choice activists stand next to each other in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington during a rally on the anniversary of...   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Forty years after Roe v. Wade—the decision was handed down on Jan. 22, 1973—abortion is at last fading as a major hot-button issue in the United States, reports the Los Angeles Times. In fact, according to a new poll by Pew Research Center, only 44% of the under-30 set know that it was the Supreme Court case that dealt with abortion. Among the Pew findings:

  • Only 18% of all those polled consider abortion a "critical" issue, down from 28% in 2006.

  • Support for Roe v. Wade has held pretty steady at 63%, up slightly from 60% in 1992.
  • 46% of Republicans would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, versus just 20% of Democrats and 28% of independents.
  • Among all those polled, 7% thought Roe v. Wade was about school desegregation, while 5% thought it was related to the death penalty and another 5% thought it dealt with environmental protection.

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Jan 19, 2013 7:24 AM CST
If they live in Mississippi or Kansas they know who's closing down any clinic that offers abortion. No hospitals in those States offer abortion services. They're all afraid of being murdered by some religious nut. That's the hallmark of Republican governors - fear.
Jan 18, 2013 8:37 AM CST
I guess Supreme Court rulings is a school course you have the option of not taking. Looks like 40% took basket weaving instead. Although when the term Roe versus Wade is mentioned on the news it is easy to Google it and get a quick run down. Maybe it's a sign of the lack of curiosity in a lot of the young people these days.
Jan 17, 2013 10:17 PM CST
I'm surprised that 44% of young people can name it, or any other Supreme Court case. When I was in high school most of the students snoozed through US history and government classes, crammed for the tests the night before, then forgot it the day after. It seems that at least a few more kids today are paying attention.