Gallup's longest-running measure of abortion views, established in 1975, asks Americans if abortion should be legal in all circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances. Since 2001, at least half of Americans have consistently chosen the middle position, saying abortion should be legal under certain circumstances, and the 52% saying this today is similar to the 50% in May 2011. The 25% currently wanting abortion to be legal in all cases and the 20% in favor of making it illegal in all cases are also similar to last year's findings.Abortion "legal in all cases" (including third trimester abortions and sex-selection abortions) is the position taken by NARAL and other pro-choice groups. And only 25% support this position. This means 72% support either making abortion illegal in "all cases" or in some circumstances.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
American Views on Abortion
Gallup asks Americans to describe themselves as "pro-life" or "pro-choice" and the pro-choice group keeps shrinking. But what's really interesting to me is that many of those who call themselves "pro-choice," by the definition that pro-choice groups use, are really closer to pro-life.