Pro-Choice Americans Dominate For First Time Since 2008

In 2006, at one point, Gallup found pro-choice leading pro-life by an even larger ten percentage points, but at one point in 2012, Gallup found that pro-life respondents outweighed pro-choice respondents by 9 percentage points. On average, survey respondents estimated that roughly a quarter of the U.S. population is gay – a far cry from Gallup’s own poll numbers, which show that only 3.8 percent of Americans actually consider themselves lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Gallup noted that while approval for pro-choice policies haven’t been as high as they were during the ’90s, it’s the highest it’s been in the past five years, thanks to “political and cultural events” that influence how Americans view abortion, such as Supreme Court cases, anti-abortion legislation, and violence against women or abortion clinics.

While support for the pro-choice position has yet to return to the 53% to 56% level seen [during the mid-to-late 1990s], the trend has been moving in that direction since the 2012 reading.

New Gallup polling shows that 50 percent of Americans identify with the “pro-choice” label. Similarly, among pro-lifers, about half, 51 percent, said abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances.

While Gallup doesn’t define the pro-choice and pro-life terms for Americans, their answers to a separate question about the legality of abortion indicate that those favoring the pro-choice label generally support broad abortion rights, while pro-life adherents mostly favor limited or no abortion rights. In 2011, 50 percent of women and 49 percent of men considered themselves pro-choice. This is the first time since 2008 that the pro-choice position has had a statistically significant lead in Americans’ abortion views.

To be sure, there’s no guarantee public attitudes won’t shift back on some or all of these issues in the future, but at least for now, it would appear conservative culture warriors aren’t persuading much of the country to agree with them. The trend reflects a growing number of adults who now say they believe sexual preference is an inborn trait: more than half of those surveyed this month said they believe gays and lesbians are “born that way” – a first in the history of Gallup’s polling on the issue.

A 2014 CNN poll also confirmed that a majority of Americans want all or most all abortions made illegal. But in the middle, 13 percent say in “most” circumstances, and 36 percent say in a “few”. Just 27% of Americans side with Planned Parenthood and President Barack Obama in saying abortions should always be legal. On virtually every issue, American public opinion has shifted to the left.

Not a good sign for the GOP in 2015 if they have people running around talking about rmmoving contraception, or downplaying the horrific nature of rape, or urging more ways to cut centers that do abortions out of funding.

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