GALLUP: More Americans "Pro-Life"...

Oops. I wrote this post on the 15th, when it was actually new news. Found it as a saved draft I had forgotten. Enjoy...

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This is really interesting: for the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1995, more Americans are calling themselves "pro-life" than "pro-choice."

I wonder if there's some link to the economy - i.e. when times get tough, people revert to more traditional values? Maybe it's easy to be esoteric or progressive when you're not worried about feeding your family...?

Gallup results show that the predominant change is in Republicans and conservative-leaning independents, who are becoming more consistently pro-life. Liberal Americans have not changed their stances, or numbers. So, does this mean further polarization?

However, it changes the reading a little when Gallup breaks down the question, finding that despite 51% calling themselves "pro-life," only 23% of Americans say they think abortion should be illegal in all circumstances. So a large portion of those identifying as "pro life" still see abortion as an important and necessary right in some instances.

The Gallup article concludes:

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.

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1 comment:

Emily said...

Wow, that's really fascinating! It's amazing how changes in perceptions influence peoples' beliefs.

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