Global views on abortion 2013

This statistic depicts the global views on abortion in 2013. More than 50 percent of people in 26 out of 40 countries believe that having an abortion is morally unacceptable. People from Japan, Germany, and the Czech Republic are more likely to say that abortion is morally acceptable.

Do you personally believe that having an abortion is morally acceptable, unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?

CountryNot a moral issueUnacceptableAcceptable
Czech Republic 18%18%49%
Japan 19%28%44%
Germany 25%19%43%
France 47%14%38%
Spain 28%26%35%
Australia 32%26%29%
China 20%34%29%
Canada 37%26%28%
Britain 28%25%27%
Russia 10%44%25%
Israel 23%35%25%
Italy 11%41%25%
South Korea 12%58%19%
Turkey 14%52%18%
India 10%58%17%
United States 23%49%17%
Mexico 12%63%16%
Argentina 11%56%16%
Greece 11%54%16%
Chile 9%64%15%
Senegal 22%52%14%
Poland 13%47%13%
South Africa 8%61%10%
Venezuela 6%77%8%
Lebanon 18%56%8%
Brazil 9%79%7%
Palestinian ter. 13%54%7%
Bolivia 4%83%6%
Egypt 22%62%5%
Tunisia 6%77%4%
Malaysia 8%79%4%
Jordan 36%63%4%
Kenya 8%82%3%
Philippines 4%93%2%
Ghana 2%92%2%
El Salvador 3%85%2%
Uganda 6%88%2%
Nigeria 10%80%2%
Pakistan 4%85%1%
Indonesia 1%89%1%
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Release date

April 2014



Survey time period


Number of respondents

700-100 participants per country

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

Survey results are based on national samples. The missing percentage points to 100 percent are divided among participants who refused to answer and those who said that the answer would depend on the situation.

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