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How Does Public Opinion Influence Participation Both Within The United States And Mexico?

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Public Opinion within both the Unites States and Mexico has been highly controversial and a serious topics that have caused diametrical consequences for the two major cams in the debate, the pro-life and pro- choice supporters. As discussed in lecture, abortion is an issue that is pretty clear-cut, those who oppose, tend to oppose it without the opportunity to compromise. Likewise, those who are pro- choice are similarly unlikely to shift on their position. It is in this social context of abortion sparring in which interestingly enough both the United States and Mexico find themselves today. Public participation in both the United States and Mexico is shaped by the division between the ...view middle of the document...

The Pro-Choice camp is a conglomeration of different elements that support the ability of a woman to choose an abortion, and the anti abortion camp, which is dominated by Christians (ranging denominationally), and seeks the elimination of abortion access. It is here that the battle lines between the two camps are drawn, both the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life groups.
It is important to understand that even within the Pro-Choice and Pro- Life groups, there are a range of subgroups and levels of extremity in which both the camps face. Suzanne Staggenborg says in Wetstein , “…there are ideological divisions within each camp, with each side splitting between extremists who demand more direct action and less strident activists who pursue more reasoned means of persuasion and political change.” (Wetstein 1996: 1) In the case of the United States, it has proven that there are a variety of factors that influence respondents and their outlook upon the abortion issue. Even within this particular make up, the religious sector grows even more complex, with mainline Christians and Jews having a more lax view of abortion, as opposed to conservative denominations, who staunchly oppose abortion.
Gender along with other socioeconomic forms affect the outlook of Americans upon the abortion issue. Cook writes that the demographic issues undoubtedly play an integral part in shaping the abortion issue. He states that there is a slight difference between men to women, men favoring legislation more to women. (Cook 1993: 44) But interestingly enough, there teds to be a serious division amongst women who work v. homemakers. Bumpass says, “ In the GSS format, where approval of abortion for any reason is the last question, the proportion of respondents who agree with that position is no higher among non-employed women than among men, whereas employed women are more likely than men to approve (53% vs. 45%).” (Bumpass 1997: 3)
Other factors such as a person’s religion, wealth, education level, metropolitan population, etc. all affect the make up of respondents. (Wetstein 1996: 7) In particular, education seems to be a particular theme that influences the opinions of respondents. Cook believes that education is the strongest predictor of how respondents view the abortion debate. (Cook 1993: 48) In this framework, those who are college educated tend to be more liberal about sexual behavior outside of marriage, support of gender equality, are less likely to attend church and hold to orthodox religious views. (Cook 1993: 50) These seem like the characteristics that make up the modern liberal and their typical outlook on abortion, which is more accepting of the option. They are also exposed to alternative beliefs and values, and more likely to accept unpopular view, and civil rights for both racial/ behavioral minorities. (Cook 1993: 48) In turn, for the typical high school dropout and lowest ranked amongst college students, they tend to oppose abortion. (Cook 1993: 48) It...

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