New Polling on Latino/a Attitudes Toward Abortion

A new survey conducted by Lake Research Partners found that strong majorities of Latino registered voters supported access to legal abortion, affirmed that they would offer support to a close friend or family member who had an abortion, and opposed politicians interfering in personal, private decisions about abortion.

Nearly seven in ten Latino voters agreed with the statement, "even though church leaders take a position against abortion, when it comes to the law, I believe it should remain legal." This groundbreaking poll, conducted on behalf of NLIRH and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP), sheds new light on Latino/a attitudes by going beyond legality to gauge feelings related to judgment and support around abortion.

This new research confirms what NLIRH has known for a long time--there are widespread misconceptions when it comes to Latino/a attitudes toward abortion.

Key findings:

  • Latinos support a woman's right to make decisions.

74% of Latino registered voters agree that a woman has a right to make her own personal, private decisions about abortion without politicians interfering.

  • Latinos don't think we should judge other women's decisions.

73% of Latino registered voters agree that we should not judge someone who feels they are not ready to be a parent. 57% strongly agrees with this statement.

  • Latinos are supportive of close friends and family members choosing abortion.

67% of Latino voters say they would give support to a close friend or family member who had an abortion. 43% say they would provide a lot of support. Only 23% says they would not feel comfortable offering support.

  • Latinos don't think money should determine access to abortion.

61% agree that the amount of money a woman has or does not have should not determine whether she could have an abortion when she needs one. 

  • Latinos are willing to disagree with church leaders.

68% agree with the statement “even though church leaders take a position against abortion, when it comes to the law, I believe it should remain legal.” 

Download the entire report here