2017 National Abortion Poll Results

In 2017, ALRANZ commissioned a national poll to measure New Zealanders’ attitudes towards abortion.

The results are just pretty much what we expected and we’re excited to share them with you now.

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Executive Summary

  • Only 14% of adults correctly estimated that around one in four women have had an abortion. 37% thought the prevalence rate was under 20% while 19% thought it was over 30%
  • A majority of New Zealanders supported abortion being legal in all seven specific circumstances given to them.
  • The net level of support (those saying legal less those saying illegal for each circumstance was:
    – Pregnant woman likely to die +72%
    – Foetus has no chance of survival +70%
    – Pregnant woman likely to be permanently harmed +70%
    – Pregnancy is a result of rape +65%
    – Pregnancy is a result of birth control failure +31%
    – Pregnant mother can’t afford to have another child +27%
    – Pregnant woman doesn’t want to be a mother +22%
  • Men are less supportive of the legality of abortion where there is no physical harm to the health of the mother
  • Over 60s are less supportive of the legality of abortion than other age groups
  • There is little variation by area when it comes to views on abortion
  • Pacific Island respondents were overall less supportive of the legality of abortion
  • Green party voters were most supportive of the legality of abortion, followed by Labour voters then National voters and least supportive were NZ First voters