Half of Latino Americans say abortion should be legal

New Ipsos poll for Axios & Telemundo finds Latino Americans strongly oppose making all abortions, birth control and contraception illegal

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Mallory Newall Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • James Diamond Senior Research Manager, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Johnny Sawyer Senior Research Analyst
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Washington, DC, June 28, 2022 — A new Axios/Ipsos Latino Poll in partnership with Telemundo finds that half of Latino American adults agree that abortion should be legal. Fielded prior to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, the poll also finds that a similar percentage believe abortion is a complicated issue without a simple answer. Lastly, an overwhelming majority oppose making all abortions illegal under any circumstance, as well as making birth control and contraception illegal.

Detailed Findings

1. Half of Latino Americans agree that abortion should be legal, while just a quarter (26%) disagree.

  • A clear divide exists depending on how long one’s family has been in the U.S. A majority of second (59%) and third (62%) generation Latinos agree that abortion should be legal, compared to less than half of first-generation Latinos (41%).
  • A similar percentage (48%) believe that abortion is a complicated issue without a “black or white” answer. Older Latino Americans and those that live in rural areas are more likely to agree than their younger, urban, and suburban counterparts.
  • Along these lines, neither party is seen as being particularly good on handling abortion issues. While more Latino Americans describe the Democrats (31%) as being better on abortion than the Republicans (13%), around one in five say that neither party is good on abortion or that they don’t know which party is better (22% each).

2. Latino Americans show strong opposition to making abortion illegal with no exceptions, as well as bans around birth control and contraception.

  • Seven in ten (71%) Latino Americans oppose making all abortions illegal at any time under any circumstance, compared to just 26% that support such a measure. Majorities across all demographics oppose it.
  • An even stronger majority (84%) oppose making birth control and contraception illegal, with 69% strongly opposing this measure. Similar to blanket abortion bans, there is strong opposition to banning birth control and contraception across all demographics.

About the Study

The Axios/Ipsos with Telemundo U.S. Latino Survey Q2, 2022 was conducted June 9th – June 18th, 2022 by Ipsos using our KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,018 Latino/Hispanic adults age 18 or older in the United States.

The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, the largest and most well-established online probability-based panel that is representative of the adult US population. Our recruitment process employs an addressed-based sampling methodology using the latest Delivery Sequence File of the USPS – a database with full coverage of all delivery points in the US. Households invited to join the panel are randomly selected from all available households in the U.S. Persons in the sampled households are invited to join and participate in the panel. Those selected who do not already have internet access are provided a tablet and internet connection at no cost to the panel member. Those who join the panel and who are selected to participate in a survey are sent a unique password-protected log-in used to complete surveys online. As a result of our recruitment and sampling methodologies, samples from KnowledgePanel cover all households regardless of their phone or internet status and findings can be reported with a margin of sampling error and projected to the general population.

The study was conducted in both English and Spanish. The data were weighted to adjust for gender by age, education, language proficiency, Latino/Hispanic origin, household income, Census region, metropolitan status, and 2020 vote choice. Demographic benchmarks, among Latino/Hispanic adults age 18+, came from the 2021 Current Population Survey (CPS) with language proficiency from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS). Benchmarks for 2020 Vote choice among the US Latino/Hispanic population came from Census pot-election survey and Pew 2021 validate voter survey. The weighting variables and categories were as follows:

  • Gender (Male, Female) by Age (18–29, 30–44, 45–59, and 60+)
  • Education (Less than High School grad, High School grad, Some College/Tech/Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree or higher)
  • Language Proficiency (English proficient, Bilingual, Spanish proficient)
  • Latino/Hispanic origin (Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central American, Other)
  • Household Income (Under $50,000, $50,000-$99,999, $100,000+)
  • Census Region (Northeast, Midwest, South, West)
  • Metropolitan status (Metro, non-Metro)
  • 2020 Vote choice (Trump, Biden, Other/Did not vote)

The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of Latino/Hispanic adults. The margin of sampling error takes into account the design effect, which was 1.52. The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on sub-samples. In our reporting of the findings, percentage points are rounded off to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given table column may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. In questions that permit multiple responses, columns may total substantially more than 100%, depending on the number of different responses offered by each respondent.

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Chris Jackson
Senior Vice President
US Public Affairs
+1 202 420-2025
[email protected]

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Mallory Newall Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • James Diamond Senior Research Manager, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Johnny Sawyer Senior Research Analyst

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