While the legalization of abortion continues to divide the country, there is consensus in one key area: Two out of three Americans (66%) support finding “a middle ground” when it comes to abortion, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Pulbic Life. By contrast, only three-in-ten (29%) believe “there’s no room for compromise when it comes to abortion laws.” This desire to find common ground extends broadly across the political and ideological spectrum. Majorities of Republicans (62%), Democrats (70%) and political independents (66%) favor a compromise. More than six-in-ten white evangelicals also support compromise, as do 62% of white, non-Hispanic Catholics. Only one group expresses unwillingness to find a middle way: Two-thirds (66%) of those who support an outright ban on abortion say there should be no compromise. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.