Majority Identify as 'Pro-Life'
But say abortion should remain legal
By Jordan Smith,
3:20PM, Wed. May 23, 2012
A Gallup Poll released today reveals that 50% of Americans identify themselves as "pro-life."
The poll reveals a record low number of people across the political spectrum identify themselves as "pro-choice" – 41% of all respondents. Only 22% of Republican and 41% of independent voters now call themselves pro-choice, the lowest percentage of self-identification by either group in more than a decade. (58% of Democratic voters still identify as pro-choice, slightly more than the 11-year low of 55% in 2001.) Still, while 51% of Americans believe that abortion is "morally wrong," a majority of Americans, 52%, believe that abortion should remain legal under certain circumstances.
Meanwhile, results of another Gallup Poll released yesterday reveal that 82% of Catholics believe that the use of birth control is "morally acceptable" – despite the ongoing tensions between Catholic church leaders and the Obama Administration over a new rule that would require birth control coverage in employee health care plans. (Read more about church doctrine and Catholic women here.)
According to the poll results 82% of all Americans find birth control morally acceptable, as do 90% of non-Catholics.
You can find results of the abortion poll here.
Results of the birth control poll are here.