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Gallup: 61 Percent Say All or Most Abortions Should Be Illegal
CNS News ^ | 05/23/11 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 05/23/2011 2:16:43 PM PDT by MissesBush

Sixty-one percent of American adults—including some who describe themselves as “pro-choice”—told Gallup in a survey conducted May 5-8 that abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances.

The Gallup survey, published today, asked 1,018 American adults whether they considered themselves “pro-choice” or “pro-life” on abortion. It also asked: “Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?”

For those who answered that abortion should be “legal only under certain circumstances,” Gallup asked the follow-up question: “Do you think abortion should be legal in most circumstances or only in a few circumstances?”

Forty-nine percent told Gallup they were pro-choice and 45 percent said they were pro-life, marking the first time since May 2008 that the percentage of Americans describing themselves to Gallup as pro-choice exceeded the percentage describing themselves as pro-life.

(Pro-life self-identification peaked in May 2009, when 51 percent told Gallup they were pro-life and 42 percent said they were pro-choice.)

In this year’s survey, in addition to the approximately 49 percent who said they were pro-choice and 45 percent who said they were pro-life, another approximately 7 percent would not describe themselves as either pro-choice or pro-life. This included 2 percent who said they had no opinion on the matter, 2 percent who said they did not know what the terms “pro-choice” and “pro-life” meant, and 3 percent who described themselves as mixed on the issue or neither one of the two.

Only 27 percent in this year's survey told Gallup they thought abortion should be legal under any circumstances whatsoever.

About 71 percent said they thought abortion should be illegal in at least some cases. This included 22 percent who said it should be illegal in “all circumstances,” 39 percent who said it should be legal in “only a few circumstances,” and 10 percent who said it should be legal in “most” circumstances.

The 22 percent who said it should be illegal in “all circumstances” and the 39 percent who said it should be legal in “only a few circumstances” equal a majority of 61 percent who believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances.

Because only 49 percent said they were “pro-choice,” and another 7 percent declined to describe themselves as either pro-choice or pro-life, the poll numbers indicate that at least some of those who described themselves as “pro-choice” must have also have been among the 61 percent who said they believed abortion should either be illegal in all circumstances or legal only in a few circumstances.

Gallup did not publish a breakdown of the percentage of self-described “pro-choice” people who said they believe abortion should be illegal in either all or most circumstances.

Gallup also asked respondents whether they personally believed abortion was “morally acceptable” or “morally wrong.” It did not ask anyone if they thought abortion was “morally right.”

A majority--51 percent--said they believed abortion was morally wrong. Only 39 percent said they believed it was “morally acceptable.”

The percentage saying abortion was “morally wrong” did not differ by gender, with 51 percent of men and 51 percent of women saying abortion was morally wrong.

It did differ by age group, however. Younger Americans tended to have a tougher moral view of abortion than their elders.

Fifty-three percent in the 18-34 age bracket said they believed abortion was morally wrong. That exceeded the 51 percent of Americans in the 55 and older bracket who said they believed abortion was morally wrong, and the 48 percent in the 35-54 bracket who said it was morally wrong.

Women and younger Americans were more likely than others to reject exceptions for legalized abortion. Twenty-four percent of women, and 24 percent of Americans 18-34 said they believed abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.

Only 19 percent of men took that position.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; prolife
So much for the liberal/media conceit that most people are pro-abortion and want abortion to remain legal. One more liberal article of faith blown to shreds.
1 posted on 05/23/2011 2:16:45 PM PDT by MissesBush
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To: MissesBush
Don't be to sure and by the way qqquuuiiueeettt? Liberals may have finally figure out that they are wiping themselves out.
2 posted on 05/23/2011 2:22:54 PM PDT by hflynn
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To: MissesBush

It doesn’t matter what the People want, as long as the dems are in power, America will continue to kill babies.

It’s Obama’s world now.


3 posted on 05/23/2011 2:26:51 PM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: MissesBush
Thanks for these abortion pro and con charts. Stats can skew widely according to wording and question-order: any pollster who can't calibrate them rather precisely to suit his client, doesn't know his business.

Nevertheless, statistics have held remarkably constant for over 30 years, in that, by decisive majorities, most Americans would oppose most abortions most of the time.

Unfortunately, the exceptions could be chatracterized as follows:


4 posted on 05/23/2011 2:28:33 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification.)
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5 posted on 05/23/2011 2:29:19 PM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: hflynn
So long as liberals control the means of indoctrination (MSM, education system at all levels, ...), they have the means of propagating their ideology.

BTW, FWIW, to our great shame, Canada has zero laws regulating abortion.
6 posted on 05/23/2011 2:39:18 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: MissesBush

Only 27 percent in this year’s survey told Gallup they thought abortion should be legal under any circumstances whatsoever [WHICH MEANS ONLY @& SUPPORT CURRENT FEDERAL LAW].

About 71 percent said they thought abortion should be illegal in at least some cases. This included 22 percent who said it should be illegal in “all circumstances,” 39 percent who said it should be legal in “only a few circumstances,” and 10 percent who said it should be legal in “most” circumstances. [WOW!]

The 22 percent who said it should be illegal in “all circumstances” and the 39 percent who said it should be legal in “only a few circumstances” equal a majority of 61 percent who believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances. [WOW!]


7 posted on 05/23/2011 2:41:48 PM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: MissesBush

Only 27 percent in this year’s survey told Gallup they thought abortion should be legal under any circumstances whatsoever [WHICH MEANS ONLY 27% SUPPORT CURRENT FEDERAL LAW].

About 71 percent said they thought abortion should be illegal in at least some cases. This included 22 percent who said it should be illegal in “all circumstances,” 39 percent who said it should be legal in “only a few circumstances,” and 10 percent who said it should be legal in “most” circumstances. [WOW!]

The 22 percent who said it should be illegal in “all circumstances” and the 39 percent who said it should be legal in “only a few circumstances” equal a majority of 61 percent who believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances. [WOW!]


8 posted on 05/23/2011 2:42:58 PM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
We have the same problem, Zero and his DOJ refuse to regulate abortions in the USA.

9 posted on 05/23/2011 2:46:01 PM PDT by hflynn
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Well at least 61 out of 100 Americans still have a semblance of conscience.

Personal note: We were childless and I can still remember my lovely wife being asked when she was 43 and pregnant with twins whether or not she wanted an amniocentesis.

She stated emphatically NO, that she didn’t want to know and it didn’t matter, she was absolutely having them regardless.

I was never more proud of her.

Thanks be to God we have two beautiful 13 year old twins that make are life a joy daily.


10 posted on 05/23/2011 2:54:55 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: MissesBush

61% is the EXACT same figure as opposed Obamacare and they did it anyway. 61% is the EXACT same figure that people supported “one man, one woman” in CA and a judge there didn’t care. So it makes no difference.


11 posted on 05/23/2011 2:55:10 PM PDT by albie
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To: traderrob6

By law my ob had to ask me if I wanted an amnio. I said no, because abortion wasn’t an option anyway.

The NP looked me in the eye and said *I wish more people felt that way*, and it was never an issue after that.

My ob group would NOT do abortions and the hospital had one of the lowest infant and maternal mortality rates in the state. I think it was God’s hand of blessing on them for honoring Him that way.


12 posted on 05/23/2011 3:05:56 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

That also highlights the big lie pushed by abortion/infanticide supporters -

You see - one caveat given for at least allowing abortion in “some” cases is the life of the mother. Yet when one actually does real investigation, we can find that the actual risk to mothers of having a baby are far less than the risk of driving to the grocery store. Furthermore, with any sort of pre-natal medical care, the risks are dropped even further - to a level that can nearly be described as statistically inconsequential.

But you see - pregnancy can cause swollen ankles and feet, headaches, moodiness, back pain, frequent urination, and so many other “symptoms” that affect a woman’s so-called “quality of life” that those get lumped in with “protecting the life of the mother”. Its all part of the fraud.


13 posted on 05/23/2011 4:06:28 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: TheBattman

Win the white house, win the senate and hope Ginsburg retires.

Then change everything and tell the RATS to piss off.


14 posted on 05/23/2011 5:15:11 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Who is John Galt?)
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To: TheBattman

My understanding is that if there’s ever any risk to the life of the mother, it’s almost always in the later stages of the pregnancy. I don’t know of any early pregnancy issues that endanger the life of the mother that warrant an abortion.

In the later stages where there can be possible risk to the mother’s life, like in preeclampsia, the baby can be safely delivered prematurely and cared for in NICU. Abortion is just not justified in those cases because after 22 weeks at the very earliest, the baby is likely to survive and the older, the better the chances.

So, the *life of the mother* argument really has no merit.


15 posted on 05/23/2011 6:48:31 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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Some good news here.

I think a large part of this move has to be the spread of 3D & 4D ultrasound, and also the internet.

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16 posted on 05/23/2011 9:17:23 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available 4 FREE at CpForLife.org)
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PING M,

A bit of good news here.

I haven't been logging in much the last several months, hope all is well in your neck of the universe.

17 posted on 05/23/2011 9:22:34 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available 4 FREE at CpForLife.org)
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To: MissesBush

This a very positive sign that education - truthful education - is what it will take to change hearts and minds about the terrible sin of abortion.


18 posted on 05/23/2011 9:33:04 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to him.)
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To: cpforlife.org

Thaks for the ping. All is smooth here ‘bouts. The machines are worth every penny, Kev. To see the face of her child so she sees whom loves her unquestioningly, well, love is after all the most powerful force in the universe.


19 posted on 05/23/2011 9:59:10 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: cpforlife.org

More and more people are waking up!


20 posted on 05/23/2011 11:50:39 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: MissesBush

Gotta ping tomorrow.


21 posted on 05/24/2011 12:06:40 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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22 posted on 05/24/2011 11:08:25 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: boatbums

You’re absolutely right. And another huge factor was the introduction of ultrasound. Through the years it’s become so detailed there is absolutely no denying that it is a baby.

The left can no longer claim that ‘it’s just tissue’.


23 posted on 05/24/2011 11:21:33 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("...; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,... "Hosea 4:6)
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