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Alaska Dispatch News poll: Roe v. Wade

Editor's note: Daily through Jan. 25, ADN will publish poll results showing how Alaskans feel about topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act and President-elect Donald Trump's transition to crime and the opioid crisis. 

It might be common belief that Alaskans are socially conservative, but the evidence strongly refutes that point, at least as it relates to the right to abortion.

A public opinion poll conducted among 750 respondents last month for Alaska Dispatch News by Ivan Moore's Alaska Survey Research showed strong support for the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 that legalized abortion, Roe v. Wade.

Support for the decision is apparent in all regions of Alaska, and strongest in Anchorage and Fairbanks, where it comes close to 70 percent. Republicans, Democrats, "other party" and "no party" all agree with the Supreme Court decision, as do all ages and both genders. Only those who say they are "conservative" oppose the decision.

See the full set of questions and cross tabs for this survey question here. The poll was conducted as part of the quarterly Alaska Survey.

The Alaska Survey is a statewide public opinion survey project consisting of 750 interviews with randomly selected Alaskans aged 18+. 500 interviews are conducted on cellphones, 250 on landlines. With the exception of rural Alaska, all numbers for this study are generated randomly onto the set of active Alaska telephone prefixes, with no calling done to lists or phone book records. Survey completions are apportioned appropriately by geographic area in Alaska, and collected data is weighted to make the sample representative of the Alaska population by gender, ethnicity and age, according to latest Census estimates, and also by land/cell phone status. The full sample of 750 (MOE +3.6%) contains a subsample of 624 registered voters (MOE +3.9%).

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