Surveys of American Public Culture
Principal Investigators: James Davison Hunter and Carl Desportes Bowman
Sampling and Fieldwork by the Gallup Organization, Inc.
The Life Choices Study was an in-depth study of Americans' beliefs and opinions on a variety of life-related issues, abortion being first and foremost among them. Additionally, euthanasia, capital punishment, and military service receive brief treatment. The survey attempts to penetrate the broader cultural currents underlying the polarizations and contradictions that characterize public opinion on these matters. The study was guided by the following questions: Why do people diverge so sharply in their views? Who are those that lie at the extremes and in the middle? What systems of moral reasoning anchor their opinions? Which appeals, arguments, and obligations have the greatest impact upon their views?
Full survey details and data on ARDA (this link will navigate you away from www.iasc-culture.org)
Survey Report (download full report)
- Part I: The Crisis of Abortion
- Part II: The Morality of Abortion
- Part III: The Politics of Abortion
- Part IV: Abortion and the Democratic Imperative
- Demographic Profile
- Summary Tables
Citation: James Davison Hunter and Carl Desportes Bowman, Life Choices: Survey of American Public Culture (Charlottesville, Va: Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, 1990).