www.wheredotheystand.org.uk spokesperson Madeline Page said:

“This polling suggests that many candidates standing for election are out of touch with where the general public, particularly women, stand on abortion. We have launched our website to ensure that anyone can find out exactly where their local candidates stand on the issues of abortion, assisted suicide and embryo research.”

The positions of where MP candidates across the country stand on abortion, assisted suicide and embryo research are available at http://www.wheredotheystand.org.uk

ComRes interviewed 2,008 British adults online between 12th and 14th May 2017. Data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

For more information contact Where Do They Stand at info@wheredotheystand.org.uk

KEY RESULTS

Position on whether a woman considering abortion should have a legal right to independent counselling from a source that has no financial interest in her decision.

  • 89% general population agree (4% disagree)
  • 93% women agree (2% disagree)

Position on whether doctors should be required by new legislation to verify in person that a patient seeking an abortion is not under pressure from a third party to undergo the abortion.

  • 76% general population agree (11% disagree)
  • 77% females agree (11% disagree)

Position on whether aborting babies because of their gender should be explicitly banned by the law.

  • 89% general population agree (5% disagree)
  • 91% females agree (4% disagree)
  • 93% Scottish agree (4% disagree)

Position on where current abortion time limit should be in Britain.

  • General population
    • 1% – It should be extended to birth
    • 60% – it should be reduced to 20 weeks or below
  • Females
    • 1% – It should be extended to birth
    • 70% – it should be reduced to 20 weeks or below
    • 59% – it should be reduced to 16 weeks or below
  • Political
    • It should be reduced to 20 weeks or lower
      • 60% – Conservatives
      • 60% – Labour
      • 65% – Liberal Democrats
  • Parents with children 18 or under in household agree
    • 69% – It should be reduced to 20 weeks or lower

Position on whether whether women who want to continue with their pregnancies, but are under financial pressure to have an abortion, should be given more support to help them through their crisis.

  • 79% general population agree (10% disagree)
  • 84% women agree (7% disagree)
  • Younger cohorts have highest support
    • 18-24 – 84%
    • 35-44 – 83%
    • 45-54 – 81%
    • 55-64 – 74%
  • 86% of parents with children 18 or under in household agree (7% disagree)
  • 90% of Labour voters agree (4% disagree)

Position on whether parental or guardian consent should be required for girls aged 15 or under to undergo an abortion.

  • 65% general population agree (21% disagree)
  • 70% of parents with children 18 or under in household agree (16% disagree)
  • 73% Conservative voters agree (16% disagree)

Position on tax-payer money going to fund abortions overseas.

  • General population
    • 65% oppose tax-payer money being spent on abortions overseas (20% support)
  • Political
    • 79% Conservatives oppose tax-payer money being spent on abortions overseas (12% support)

Position on introduction of a waiting period of five days between an initial consultation with a doctor and an abortion taking place.

  • 79% general population agree (12% disagree)
  • 82% Scottish agree (8% disagree)