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Shocker: Young Americans know diddly-squat about Roe v. Wade

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A new research poll from Pew sheds some disturbing light on the issue of abortion and the landmark Supreme Court case protecting a woman's decision to have an abortion as a right of privacy under the 14th Amendment.

The poll presents two significant findings:

1. The number of Americans who think the Roe v. Wade decision should be overturned has declined over the last two decades, with 63% now opposing such a measure -- including 48% of Republicans and 55% of Catholics:

2. Young Americans in particular are clueless about Roe v. Wade (among other things), with the majority of those aged 18-29 unable to linke the Roe v. Wade decision with the issue of abortion:

Remind me again how many of these people voted to re-elect Barack Obama...

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and with each passing year, fewer and fewer Americans see abortion (of the lack thereof) as an "important issue."

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