December 7, 2000 - New Jersey Voters Split On Abortion Limits, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 3 - 1 Support Parental Notification Of Abortion For Minors
New Jersey voters are divided on the subject of abortion limits, but support more than 3 - 1 a requirement that parents be notified before an abortion is performed on a minor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Forty-nine percent of all New Jersey voters say abortion should be generally available to those who want it, while 35 percent say abortion should be available, but with stricter limits than at present, and 14 percent say abortion should be banned.

Among women voters, 53 percent say abortion should be generally available, while 33 percent say there should be limits and 13 percent say abortion should be banned.

Among men voters, 44 percent say abortion should be generally available, while 38 percent want limits and 15 percent say abortion should be banned.

By a 73 - 21 percent margin, voters support parental notification before a minor can have an abortion. Men back parental notification 78 - 17 percent, while women support it 69 - 25 percent.

Support drops to 60 - 35 percent when New Jersey voters are asked if they support a constitutional amendment to require parental notification for minors having abortions.

"New Jersey remains a pro-choice state, but there is considerable support for limits on abortion, especially for parents being notified before a minor has an abortion," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Many voters draw a careful distinction: They favor parental notification, but they are less enthusiastic about tinkering with the State Constitution to make it happen," Carroll added.

Republican voters support a constitutional amendment on parental notification 71 - 24 percent, while Democrats back the plan 56 - 40 percent and independent voters back it 53 - 41 percent.

From November 28 - December 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,261 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu

31. Which of these statements comes closest to your view? -

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Abortion should be generally available to those who want it. 49% 31% 61% 52% 44% 53%

Abortion should be available, but under stricter limits than it is now. 35 46 28 34 38 33

Abortion should not be permitted. 14 21 10 11 15 13

DK/NA 2 2 1 3 3 2



32. Do you favor or oppose requiring parental notification before a minor could get an abortion?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favor 73% 85% 65% 72% 78% 69%

Oppose 21 11 30 22 17 25

DK/NA 6 4 4 7 5 6



33. Do you favor or oppose a state constitutional amendment that would require parental notification before a minor could get an abortion?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favor 60% 71% 56% 53% 62% 58%

Oppose 35 24 40 41 34 36

DK/NA 6 5 4 6 5 6