Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Abortion - #2930 - 61% Say All or Most Abortions Should be Illegal - CNS News (2) As Abortion Rate Drops 7 in 10 americans Support Restrictions - Citizen Link

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.  Read more.......

As Abortion Rate Drops, 7 in 10 Americans Support Restrictions - Citizen Link - About 72 percent of Americans say abortion should be illegal in at least some cases, including 61 percent who believe it should be illegal in all or most circumstances. Those numbers have remained relatively steady over time.  The annual Gallup survey on abortion was released Monday, the same day a Guttmacher Institute report was published, showing that from 2000-2008, the U.S. abortion rate dropped 8 percent — including an 18 percent decrease among African-American women.  The Gallup poll, which surveyed 1,018 American adults early this month, also found that 51 percent believe abortion is morally wrong. Yet, 49 percent reported being “pro-choice,while 45 percent said they were “pro-life.”  “Americans’ views on abortion held fairly steady over the past year, with the public still sharply divided over the ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ labels,” Gallup analyst Lydia Saad concluded. “Nevertheless, majorities of Americans indicate some reluctance about abortion on both moral and legal grounds. This is seen most strongly among Republicans and older Americans.”  Read more.......

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