May 24, 2012
Gallup: 'Pro-Choice Americans at Record Low 41%'
AT's Political Correspondent Rich Baehr believes that part of the reason for the surge in pro-life sentiment comes from an increase in the Hispanic population. This is no doubt true to some extent, but Gallup traces the history of the question they have asked since 1995: The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as "pro-choice" is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves "pro-life," one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009. Gallup began asking Americans to define themselves as pro-choice or pro-life on abortion in 1995, and since then, identification with the labels has shifted from a wide lead for the pro-choice position in the mid-1990s, to a generally narrower lead for "pro-choice" -- from 1998 through 2008 -- to a close division between the two positions since 2009. However, in the last period, Gallup has found the pro-life position significantly...(Read Full Post)