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“The views of those [radical] groups do not represent the views of most people,” Mrs. Bowman said. “The media pays attention to them because the media loves conflict.”

However, she said abortion was not a front-burner issue because of the weak economy. Ms. Deckman agreed, adding that she did not foresee it being a substantial issue in the 2012 elections.

The 40-page study detailed everything from religion’s effect on millennials’ abortion views to whether the popular MTV show “Teen Mom” has any correlation to a person’s views on abortion (it does — watchers of the show are more likely to support the legality of abortion).