Gallup Poll on Abortion — I Was Surprised

24 May

As vitriolic as the argument gets when abortion rights becomes the topic, you would think that the dominant feeling in America is that “Pro-Choice” is clearly the leading ideology, and that “Pro-Life” is a position held only by a small minority of neanderthals.  So check this out.

Latest Gallup poll on the topic shows that 50% declare themselves as “Pro-Life”, as against 41% who declare for “Pro-Choice”.  [Margin of error is + or – 4 points.]

Frankly, I am one of those who, from listening to, and reading, the media, thought that “Pro-Lifers” were just that far-right-wing Tea Party bunch.  But I guess not.

We would expect a strong majority of Republicans to be “Pro-Life”, and a strong majority of Democrats to be “Pro-Choice”.  And they are.  But the Independents break for “Pro-Life” over “Pro-Choice” by 47% to 41%.

Moreover, abortion is still considered to be a moral issue.  Over half of polled Americans (51%) consider abortion to be morally wrong, whereas “only” 38% declare abortion morally acceptable.  Oddly, I believe this indicates that even some who are “Pro-Choice” feel that abortion is morally wrong?

Nevertheless, most Americans (52%) feel that abortion “should be legal under some circumstances”.  Interestingly, only 20% feel that abortion “should be legal under all circumstances”.  So about half of the “Pro-Choicers” out there feel that there should be constraints.  This may be in synch with there being “Pro-Choicers” who, nonetheless, feel that abortion is morally wrong.

Your views?


2 Responses to “Gallup Poll on Abortion — I Was Surprised”

  1. Joseph Edward Wages May 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Abortion is the taking of a human life with consent of those who should be most protective of that particular life. ‘Nuff said

    • illero May 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      And well said . . . .

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