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Gallup poll finds dramatic drop in 'pro-choice' Americans

May 23, 2012

A new Gallup poll finds support for legal abortion at its lowest ebb in America since 2000.

Only 41% of Americans call themselves “pro-choice,” Gallup reports. That figure represents a dramatic drop from last year’s 47%. Meanwhile 50% of respondents described themselves as “pro-life,” approaching the previous high of 51% in May 2009.

Nearly three-fourths of all Americans support legal restrictions on abortion, according to the Gallup results. While 20% say that abortion should be illegal under all circumstances, an additional 52% say that it should be legal only under certain (unspecified) circumstances. Only 25% support the notion that abortion should be allowed under all circumstances, as is currently the case.

The Gallup poll shows a striking 10-point drop in the number of self-identified Democrats who identify themselves as “pro-choice”—from 68 to 58%. Among independent voters, too, the “pro-choice” position lost 10 points of supporting, falling from 51 to 41%. Republicans chose the “pro-life” position by an overwhelming 72-22%.


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