A recent Gallup poll has some interesting findings regarding the shifting landscape of the Pro-Life movement in the United States. A hefty 48% of respondents identified as Pro-Life, with an equal amount siding with Pro-Choice. When compared to historical data, this latest batch of information is quite telling about the direction of the movement.
While a 48% Pro-Choice stance may seem disappointing to those in favor of life, this tied vote (four percent not identifying with either side) actually illustrates progress for Pro-Life Americans, especially in a world where most Western nations have totally accepted the practice of abortions. According to The National Review, Pro-Choice beat out Pro-Life in eighteen consecutive polls between 1995 and 2008. Since 2009, though, Pro-Life has won out six times, equal with the Pro-Choice camp. This is the second tie between the two, since 2009.
Further questions illustrate more details about Americans’ feelings towards the issue. 29% of respondents say that abortion should be legal under any circumstance. This number has remained consistent since 2015, and remains high in a historical lens, though far from the 1990s, when this trend leapt over 30%. Only 18% of respondents say that it should be illegal in all circumstances, demonstrating a key difference from viewing abortion as immoral, versus whether or not it should be illegal. In this case, 48% say that abortion is morally wrong, as opposed to 43% who say that it is morally acceptable.
60% of voters said that abortion should be legal in the first three months of pregnancy, a record low since the question was introduced in 1996. This percentage drops to 28% who think that it should be legal in the second three months. Finally, only 13% think that it should be legal in the last three months.
According to The National Review, women remain more polarized on the issue, with women more likely to say that abortion should be both legal and illegal in all circumstances. Nevertheless, this year’s data has overcome great challenges, as the United States serves as a beacon of hope to the unborn. The entire set of data can be found here.