Survey tracks blacks, Hispanics on morality, legality of abortion

Published: Saturday, July 28 2012 11:20 p.m. MDT

It is unlikely that opinions on these issues will play a huge role in how either black Americans or Hispanic Americans vote this fall, Cox told the Washington Post. "Obama has a significant advantage over Romney among both African-Americans and Hispanics, and neither candidate's views on these questions will likely have much effect on their support."

That resonates with Carla Perez, a temporarily harried Hispanic mom who on Friday was trying to get a head start on school shopping for her two daughters at The Gateway mall in downtown Salt Lake. "For me, right now, it's the economy," she said. "I think people make the choices that are right for them, they do the best they can. But what is hurting most of us right now is unemployment, taxes and uncertainty. I will vote this time on the economy."

Other issues

The survey found especially strong support for expanding access to birth control for women who cannot afford it, with 92 percent of blacks in support and 85 percent of Hispanics. By smaller margins, they say religiously affiliated hospitals should provide birth control to employees (61 percent for blacks, 64 percent for Hispanics). A small majority believe teenagers 16 and older should have methods of birth control "generally available."

Fewer than half of either blacks or Hispanics support an abortion option driven by the fact the family is low-income and can't afford more children, the mother is still in high school or she is not married and does not want to marry the man. But abortion is acceptable to the majority of both groups if the woman is pregnant because of rape or if there's a strong chance of a serious defect in the baby.

Last year's survey found that Americans as a whole frequently identify as both pro-life and pro-choice. That finding is true of both groups in the new survey, as well. Seventy-seven percent of Hispanics and 71 percent of black Americans said pro-life describes them somewhat or very well, while 75 percent of black Americans and 72 percent of the Hispanic Americans said pro-choice describes them very well.

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