Popularity of Abortion Continues to Drop Popularity of Abortion Continues to Drop
Popularity of Abortion Continues to Drop

Popularity of Abortion Continues to Drop

Popularity of Abortion Continues to Drop

by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues

According to a new Gallup poll, we now have the smallest percentage of Americans calling themselves “pro-choice” since the company started asking the question in 1995.

The figure has dropped to 41 percent, with 50 percent of Americans identifying as “pro-life.”  Gallup is now calling “pro-choice”  the new normal.
 
Results were similar, although not quite identical in 2009 when 42 percent were pro-choice and 51 percent “pro-life.”

It’s interesting to look at the breakdown by political parties.  72 percent of Republicans are “pro-life” with 22 percent “pro-choice.”  The number of ‘pro-choice” Democrats is at the lowest level in nine years — down to 58 percent.  On the other hand, 34 percent of Democrats are now “pro-life.”  And “pro-lifers” outnumber “pro-choicers” 47 to 41 percent among independents.

Sadly, when the question is phrased a little differently, the results shift, but presumably, just in "special" cases.  52 percent of Americans say abortion should be legal under some circumstances.

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