WASHINGTON (CNN) - How do Americans feel about abortion and gay marriage - two of the major "values" issues of the day?
According to a new CNN Opinion Research Corporation Poll out Friday morning, only about one in five Americans want to prevent abortions from happening under any circumstances. An equal number think abortions should be allowed under any circumstances. That leaves most Americans squarely in the middle, although a plurality would like to see abortions be legal in only a few circumstances. Although they may not want to ban all abortions, most Americans agree that abortion is wrong.
Americans also disapprove of gay marriages. 56 percent of the public says that marriages between homosexuals should not be recognized as valid by law.
The poll comes as thousands of Christian conservatives gather in the nation’s capitol Friday and Saturday for a Value Voters Summit. All of the Republican GOP presidential candidates will attend and speak to the audience.
1,212 adult Americans were questioned for the survey. It was conducted by telephone on October 12-14, and has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser