Different results on question of whether abortion should be legal
Jun 16, 2009
Conservative groups are hailing—and some pro-choice commentators are questioning—a new Gallup poll that finds that a majority of Americans now describe themselves as pro-life.
The figures, released May 15 from a survey conducted May 7-10, show a self-described pro-life majority for the first time since Gallup started asking the question in 1995 as part of its annual Values and Beliefs Survey. Of the 1,015 adults surveyed, 51 percent described themselves as pro-life while 42 percent said they were pro-choice.
Last year, 50 percent of respondents described themselves as pro-choice, while only 44 percent said they were pro-life.
Groups opposed to abortion rights seized in particular on Gallup’s analysis that President Obama’s strong support for abortion rights—including rollbacks of some of the anti–abortion-rights policies of his predecessor—may have spurred a backlash.