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Infographic: How popular is the legalization of abortion?

12th March 2020

By The Essential Staff

Infographic: How popular is the legalization of abortion?

Argentina’s opinion on issues such as gay rights and abortion has changed markedly over the last decade. Liberal attitudes have undoubtedly grown with the rise of LGBT and feminist movements, but significant opposition also remains, especially outside of young and urban groups.

</p> <img class="wp-image-8328 aligncenter" src="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/graph.jpg" alt="How popular is the legalization of abortion in Argentina?" width="672" height="545" srcset="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/graph.jpg 2500w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/graph-300x243.jpg 300w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/graph-1024x831.jpg 1024w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/graph-768x623.jpg 768w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/graph-1536x1246.jpg 1536w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/graph-2048x1661.jpg 2048w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/graph-600x487.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 672px) 100vw, 672px" /> <p>The largest survey on religious and moral issues in Argentina is done once per decade by the Conicet research institute, and its <a href="http://www.ceil-conicet.gov.ar/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ii25-2encuestacreencias.pdf">latest edition in 2019</a> shows that unrestricted support for abortion has doubled in the last decade, from 14 to 28 percent. Straight out opposition to abortion in all cases has also grown, although at a much slower pace, while a majority of Argentines believe it should only be allowed on certain cases. Unfortunately, the Conicet survey did not include an option asking specifically for the terms of the upcoming <a href="https://gettheessential.com/politics/2020/03/12/argentina-abortion-debate-legalization-alberto-fernandez">government proposal</a> to legalize abortion during the first trimester.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, support for legalization prevails among those with no religion, while the group who opposes it the most is Evangelicals, with Catholics in the middle of the range.</p> <p>According to another survey, this time by the <a href="https://www.lanacion.com.ar/politica/aborto-el-rechazo-mayor-se-da-en-sectores-bajos-y-no-urbanos-nid2341079">Opinaia</a> consultancy agency, the breakdown by age shows 39 percent of Argentines between 16 and 26 support legalization, while 33 percent oppose it. Among the elderly, the trend is radically different, with 26 percent in favor and 47 against it. In terms of social class, the richest ABC1 sector is 52 percent pro-choice, while among the poorest the pro-life position prevails by 46 to 33 percent.</p> <p>

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