The Abortion Attitudes Paradox: Model Specification and Gender Differences

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Rather unexpectedly, prior work has failed to find consistent gender differences in public support for legal abortion. Given that gender differences in public opinion emerge for a wide range of other issue areas, it seems paradoxical that there is no consistent gender difference on the issue of abortion. I propose that this failure to find a consistent gender difference is due to how abortion attitudes are modeled. Controlling for religiosity, which research has shown women to score higher on, results in a small and consistent gender gap in support for legal abortion with women more likely than men to support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-42
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Women, Politics and Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • abortion attitudes
  • gender gap
  • religiosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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