America Is Split Right Down the Middle on Abortion, Poll Shows

Gallup's annual poll says the pro-life movement is drawing even with pro-choice.

In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, pro-Life supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court during The March for Life 'Love Saves Lives' march in Washington, D.C.

By Published on June 11, 2018

Americans are split evenly down the middle on whether abortion should remain legal, a Gallup poll published Monday reveals.

Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll shows that 48 percent of Americans identify as pro-choice while 48 percent identify as pro-life. While roughly half of Americans are pro-choice, more Americans believe that aborting unborn babies is morally wrong than morally acceptable, the poll shows.

Forty-eight to 43 percent of Americans find abortion morally wrong, according to Gallup’s poll. Since Gallup began conducting polls on abortion in the 1990s, the percentage of Americans who find abortion to be morally acceptable has never been greater than those who find it morally repugnant.

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Of Americans who think that abortion should be legal in some circumstances, a majority believe that abortions should be legal in a “few” circumstances rather than in “most” cases. Examples of limited circumstances can include cases of fetal abnormality, rape or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The split in pro-life and pro-choice beliefs reveals a rise in pro-life attitudes that has been escalating since the 1990s. Multiple states have banned abortions after 15 weeks into pregnancy, and Iowa banned abortions after six weeks into pregnancy on May 4.

These pro-active measures to protect life reflect Americans’ changing opinions about abortion: Forty-seven percent of Americans identified as pro-choice while 46 percent identified as pro-life in 2000. Only 40 percent of Americans identified as “pro-life” while 51 percent identified as “pro-choice” in 1990.

Gallup conducted their poll by conducting telephone interviews between May 1 and May 10. Gallup spoke with 1,024 persons age 18 and older in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

 

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  • Jacob Miller

    It can be tricky how one breaks down a complex issue like abortion.

    Consider this key paragraph:

    >> The result is that 43% of Americans say abortion should be legal in all (29%) or most (14%) circumstances, while a majority of 53% say it should be legal in only a few (35%) or no circumstances (18%).

    Another way to read the poll is to say that only 18% think that abortion should be legal in no circumstances. A larger group 29% say it should be legal in all circumstance.

    The largest group 49% believe that abortion should be legal in some circumstances.

    I’d put myself in that group.

    Most Americans could have a common ground on this issue but loud activists on either end of the debate drown us moderates out.

    • LgVt

      Why do you only believe that abortion should be legal in some circumstances? Why not all?

      There is literally only one good reason to restrict abortion–and it is exactly the same as the reason to ban it. If you accept the argument in the former case, you have justification for not accepting it in the latter. And likewise, if you reject it in the latter case, you have no justification for not rejecting it in the former.

      Statistics are tricky. Abortion isn’t. It’s just that for the vast majority of Americans, thinking about it is very uncomfortable, so they try to do as little of that as they can possibly get away with.

    • Markey Farrell

      It is not a complex issue. Liberals try to make it so to bolster their false arguments.
      It is a simple, direct issue. Is an unborn baby a human or not? Yes or no.
      Is abortion murder or not. Yes or no.
      Simple.

      • Boris

        No one has a right to another person’s body. Simple.

        • Ameribear

          Why doesn’t the unborn child have a right to it’s body?

          • Boris

            It does. It just doesn’t have the right to another person’s body.

          • Ameribear

            Then you’re contradicting yourself. If they’re both human, then neither one of their rights can trump the others. You still haven’t addressed this.

          • Boris

            Yes I have and several times. Pay attention this time. The humanity of the unborn is not the issue. We are a nation founded upon rights for our citizens. U.S. citizenship can be obtained in one of four ways: birth in the United States or its territories birth to U.S. citizen parents (called “acquisition” of citizenship) naturalization (obtaining citizenship after an application and exam), or naturalization of one’s parents (called “derivation” of citizenship). A fetus is not born. A fetus cannot submit an application or take an exam. So how does a fetus have any rights if it does not have U.S. citizenship, which is controlled by the Constitution, not state law? Each citizen has the right to their own body and no one else has the right to anyone else’s body.

          • Ameribear

            A fetus is not born. A fetus cannot submit an application or take an exam.

            Neither can a newborn. Neither can a toddler. Neither can a preschooler. According to your tortured reasoning humans only become citizens when their old enough to study for and pass a test. Do you ever take any time to think your knee-jerk reactions out to their logical ends?

            So how does a fetus have any rights if it does not have U.S. Citizenship,

            From Wikipedia.

            The Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-212) is a United States law which recognizes an embryo or fetus in-utero as a legal victim, if they are injured or killed during the commission of any of over 60 listed federal crimes of violence. The law defines “child in-utero” as “a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb”.

            The bill contained the alternate title of Laci and Conner’s Law after the California mother (Laci Peterson) and fetus (Conner Peterson) whose deaths were widely publicized during the later stages of the congressional debate on the bill in 2003 and 2004. Husband Scott Peterson was convicted of double homicide under California’s fetal homicide law.

            Legal challenges to these laws, arguing that they violate Roe v. Wade or other U.S. Supreme court precedents, have been uniformly rejected by both the federal and the state courts, including the supreme courts of California, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.

            Once again, your desperate flailing about grasping at anything you can to salvage your losses has come up empty. Loser.

          • Boris

            “Neither can a newborn. Neither can a toddler.”
            Wow, that is willful ignorance gone into orbit. The newborn needs no test because they fulfilled their citizenship requirements by being born.
            Now let’s see your solution to whatever it is you are complaining about.
            Tell us all how things would be in the theocracy you would attempt to force on the rest of us. I don’t think you have the nerve because it would expose just how inclined to do evil you really are.

          • Ameribear

            The newborn needs no test because they fulfilled their citizenship requirements by being born.

            Which is now a completely moot point because I’ve already proven that the unborn do have rights under the constitution which blows one more of your deluded fantasies out of the water.

            Now let’s see your solution to whatever it is you are complaining about. Tell us all how things would be in the theocracy you would attempt to force on the rest of us.

            Only someone who can’t think for themselves would redefine providing for the basic care of another human being as a theocracy to be forced on the rest of you. If it’s theocracy to force the mother to provide for the basic needs of her unborn child then it’s theocracy to force her to provide for the needs of her born child.

            I don’t think you have the nerve because it would expose just how inclined to do evil you really are.

            You are advocating for the intentional ending of innocent human life with absolutely zero grounds for it. I am not the one inclined to do evil.

          • Boris

            >Which is now a completely moot point because I’ve already proven that the unborn do have rights under the constitution which blows one more of your deluded fantasies out of the water.
            The Supreme Court is the final judge in all cases involving laws of Congress, and the highest law of all — the Constitution. This blows one more of your deluded fantasies out of the water.
            >Only someone who can’t think for themselves would redefine providing for the basic care of another human being as a theocracy to be forced on the rest of you.
            Only someone who can’t think for themselves would advocate for denying a woman’s right to govern what happens to her own body.
            >If it’s theocracy to force the mother to provide for the basic needs of her unborn child then it’s theocracy to force her to provide for the needs of her born child.
            No because a fetus is no more a child than a acorn is a tree.
            >You are advocating for the intentional ending of innocent human life with absolutely zero grounds for it. I am not the one inclined to do evil.
            You are opposing abortion with absolutely zero grounds for it. On what basis do you claim abortion is wrong? It’s murder? Is murder always wrong? On what basis do you make that claim?

          • Ameribear

            The Supreme Court is the final judge in
            all cases involving laws of Congress, and the highest law of all — the Constitution. This blows one more of your deluded fantasies out of the water.

            One more time.

            Legal challenges to these laws, arguing that they violate Roe v. Wade or other U.S. Supreme court precedents, have been
            uniformly rejected by both the federal and the state courts, including the supreme courts of California, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.

            The supreme court will only step in if there are conflicting
            rulings on the same law from different lower courts. That has not happened here and the chances of it happening are practically non-existent It’s constitutional and there is at least one guy sitting in prison right now because of it.

            Only someone who can’t think for themselves would advocate for denying a woman’s right to govern what happens to
            her own body.

            Only someone who can’t think for themselves would incessantly repeat the same worn out, meaningless, unsupported, thoroughly
            refuted talking point. You have never supported this, you cannot support this so why do you insist on repeating it?

            No because a fetus is no more a child than an acorn is a tree.

            A fetus is one stage in the development of every human being
            just like a newborn, a toddler, a pre-schooler, or a teen-ager. A fetus is no less of a human being than any of the others.

            You are opposing abortion with absolutely zero grounds for it. On what basis do you claim abortion is wrong? It’s murder? Is murder always wrong? On what basis do you make that
            claim?

            One more time. It is the will of the strong being forced on the weakest and most vulnerable members of the human race without any legitimate grounds.

          • Boris

            Discussion on RELIGION Christians, Abortion and the Law
            The moderator here, on this thread, keeps blocking my posts.

          • Ameribear

            I’ve had a few of my posts blocked as well. Read and follow the rules for commenting before you post.

          • Boris

            That this incorrect. We are not giving a fetus rights that conflict with a woman’s rights. Rights have to be considered as a whole. You would know that if you ever spent a day in public school awake.

        • Irene Neuner

          The babies body is not the Mother’s body. The babies body resides inside the mothers body. The baby is a little person.

          Thinker, have you ever thought why a person would want to murder their own offspring? Have you ever thought that it’s a little distorted.

          • Boris

            Yes I have thought about it a lot. It’s hard to imagine the kind of mental anguish and turmoil someone must be going through to even consider having an abortion. I can’t judge someone like that without having waked a few miles in their shoes.

    • Ameribear

      What circumstances can justify the ending of innocent human life?

      • Boris

        “Was the Supreme Court right when it made the Dred-Scott….”
        The slavery analogy makes much more sense as an argument for choice, not against it. Slavery is about losing one’s freedom and personal autonomy over one’s body and life. “No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.” In addition, laws prohibiting or restricting access to abortion treat women as chattel, enslaving them physically by controlling their bodies and ideologically by subjecting them to the tyranny of an imposed morality. We must turn the anti-abortion movement’s use of the slavery analogy on its head. Time to remind the world that even though we may never agree about the person hood or rights of the “unborn,” the person hood and rights of living women are indisputable.

        “As usual you keep ignoring the biological fact that newly conceived humans are genetically distinct from both parents which shreds you’re worthless talking point. Are you ever going to admit this?”
        Evolution by Natural Selection is a biological fact. Do you accept that fact? You do not believe in biology so you don’t get to use something you don’t believe in to support your lies. You would know that if you were not a complete scientific ignoramus.

        “I’ve given you many reasons why your bodily rights argument is beyond worthless. It’s pure fiction and your inability to address even one of the points that refutes it is proof. When are you going to address them instead of puking up your Supreme Court cop out?” You have a very severe learning disability. Were you home schooled? Get this through your skull. No one has the right to another person’s body. Not the government, not a Fetus, no one, not ever.

        • Ameribear

          Evolution by Natural Selection is a biological fact. Do you accept that fact? You do not believe in biology so you don’t get to use something you don’t believe in to support your lies. You would know that if you were not a complete scientific ignoramus.

          Another feckless evasion based on a completely unrelated topic. Just as I’ve come to expect from you. Every time you’re faced with solid logical
          questions that shred your worthless abortion talking points you run. Every time you post something you dig yourself in deeper.

          • Boris

            No one has the right to another person’s body. How many times do you have to be told that before it penetrates your skull?

          • Ameribear

            How many times do you have to be told that that’s a baseless assertion you keep making before it penetrates your skull?

          • Boris

            Being told something by you means nothing. Your opinions are as worthless as you are. Who cares what you think? You are an uninformed, narrow-minded, woman hating, impotent bigot. You have no respect for or knowledge of our Constitution, Bill or Rights, our system of laws and courts and you are a complete scientific ignoramus and a fool.

        • Ameribear

          Get this through your skull. No one has
          the right to another person’s body. Not the government, not a Fetus, no one, not ever.

          Get this through your thick skull. You have nothing to base your
          argument on. Zero, zip, nada. You simply choose to keep repeating your hackneyed single talking point with nothing to support it. Bodily rights are fictitious because the state can and does compel mothers to surrender the use of their bodies to provide for the basic care of their born children. Why do your nonexistent bodily rights apply to unborn and not born children? Why can the state use the force of law to ensure born children receive basic care but not unborn children? What’s
          the difference? No mother who has been found guilty of murdering their born children has ever gotten off by invoking your stupid bodily rights fantasy. You’ve lost the debate on the humanity of the unborn, you’ve lost the debate on the necessity of abortion to save the life of the mother, and since you’ve proven yourself completely incapable of thinking for yourself by your incessant ramblings and bodily rights repetition you’ve lost that too.

          • Boris

            You have to be born first to be a citizen. A fetus is not a citizen. A pregnant woman is and no one has the right to another person’s body. I haven’t lost a thing. Abortions are legal because your side never had a leg to stand on. All of your arguments were heard and read by the court and they were rejected. The ones I gave were accepted by the court. You have to be a loser to have lost something decades ago and just keep on beating your head against the wall like you are doing. And you’re really a loser for letting me toy with you make you as angry as you clearly are. To let another control you like I do is just silly. And it proves I’m more powerful than the God your worship. LOL thanks for the laughs. Loser.

        • Miss A

          You’re supreme knowledge of all things have twisted you into an unfeeling animal. You’ve chosen wisely, science and your God the government will take you far.

          • Boris

            No the anti-choice crowd are the ones with no feelings and even less brains. Abortions are legal because making them illegal doesn’t reduce abortions it just makes them dangerous. In the countries where abortions are still illegal almost 200 women die every day because of botched abortions. This is the holocaust that you people want to bring upon this country. You would dance with glee in the streets every time you heard or read about some poor woman dying from sepsis or some other infection or bleeding to death from a botched abortion. You hate women who can enjoy intimacy because you cannot because of the guilt your religion gives you whenever you try to enjoy the pleasures of the flesh. So until you walk a mile in their shoes, mind your own business and STHU.

          • Miss A

            You’re very twisted. Everytime I read your responses marvel at the current state of the human heart.

          • Boris

            And when I read yours I am amazed at the depths of human stupidity. You religitards are the most disgustingly dishonest people who have ever lived.

  • Boris

    How do politicians get poor and middle class people to vote for tax cuts for billionaires, constant war, erosion of civil liberties, and destruction of public services? Easy, conservative politicians focus on the only issue these people care about and tell them if they don’t oppose abortion with their votes American Jesus will cry and then the Gays and the Foreigners and the Nasty Atheists – and all who don’t love American Jesus will continue to shaft them. Why are they unemployed? Not because NAFTA killed the jobs, but because God’s angry with America for allowing abortions and teaching evolution. It’s the ultimate ‘bait-n-switch’. So what’s the answer to the current economic situation? Is it a massive public investment and job creation program like The New Deal? No, that would be Communistic Atheism. Instead, we must appease the All-Blessing God of America, American Jesus, by banning abortion, birth control and pornography!

    • Miss A

      Your hate is clouding your judgement. You sound so absurd.

      • Boris

        The truth always sound absurd to Christians.

        • Miss A

          Oh you believe in absolute truth?

          • Boris

            No I should have said facts. The only absolute I can think of is that thinkers don’t believe and believers don’t think.

          • Irene Neuner

            Thinks are most certainly not atheists.

          • Boris

            That is just about as untrue as any lie ever told on this planet. There’s only one word in the Atheist Bible: Think.

    • Barefoot Soul

      When the nasty atheists stop being nasty, we will not call them “nasty” any more.

      Never gonna happen.

      • Boris

        Tell me about something, anything nasty an atheist did or said. Made fun of your superstitions perhaps? Oh that’s so mean ain’t it? Are you a Christian? Try this experiment. Go home and tell everybody, friends, family, in-laws, your pastor and fellow pew-sitters you’ve lost your faith, you can no longer believe what they do. You won’t because we both know what would happen. They’d all turn on you and quickly too. If you tried to explain yourself they would shut you out of their lives completely out of fear of being convinced by you that you made the right call. How do I know? because this scene plays out for real a few thousand times a week. Just check any ex=Christian website or some of their literature. This is a reason people with serious honest doubts about their faith desperately try to hang on to it.There’s no one nastier than someone who tells another person they deserve to burn in hell for not believing what they do. Christians are the lowest form of life on this planet, the nastiest, meanest,most dishonest by far and the least educated among us.

        • Miss A

          You forget the Christian you hate so much are human beings like the atheist. You dont know man is evil? Religion or no religion, man has a wicked heart. That is why the so called Christian you describe would turn on someone who has lost their faith, and I bet the atheists would turn on a fellow atheist for same too.

  • Barefoot Soul

    It wouldn’t matter if 99.99 percent of Americans supported abortion. Truth is truth, right is right.

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