May 18, 2009
For First Time, Majority of Americans in Gallup Poll Identify as Pro-Life
Part Two of Two By Dave Andrusko
“With the first pro-choice president in eight years already making changes to the nation’s policies on funding abortion overseas, expressing his support for the Freedom of Choice Act, and moving toward rescinding federal job protections for medical workers who refuse to participate in abortion procedures, Americans — and, in particular, Republicans — seem to be taking a step back from the pro-choice position. However, the retreat is evident among political moderates as well as conservatives.
“It is possible that, through his abortion policies, Obama has pushed the public’s understanding of what it means to be “pro-choice” slightly to the left, politically. While Democrats may support that, as they generally support everything Obama is doing as president, it may be driving others in the opposite direction.”
Last Friday Gallup released the results of its latest abortion poll and revealed that, for the first time since it began asking the question, a majority of Americans self-identify as pro-life.
As reported/interpreted by Gallup’s Lydia Saad, we learn that 51% of Americans describe “themselves ‘pro-life’ on the issue of abortion and 42% ‘pro-choice.'” A year ago the numbers were virtually reversed: 50% were pro-choice and 44% pro-life. Gains were especially pronounced among Republicans. But there was majority pro-life sentiment expressed by both sexes as well as by Protestants and Catholics, according to Saad, reflecting similar strong gains.
To give some context, when Gallup first asked this question in 1995, a whopping 56% said pro-choice to only 33% who said pro-life. Read it all here