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The Pro-Life Surge

John on October 1, 2009 at 10:13 am

The NY Times reports on a new Pew poll which indicates Americans are evenly split on the issue of abortion:

For most of the last two decades, a clear majority of Americans has supported the right to abortion. A new poll, though, shows that support for abortion appears to have declined, with the public almost evenly divided over the issue.

The apparent shift has occurred in just the last year. In 2008, a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that those in favor of keeping abortion legal outnumbered opponents by 54 to 40 percent. The new poll, also conducted by Pew researchers, and released on Thursday, showed that the gap had narrowed considerably: 47 percent of those surveyed said abortion should be legal in all or most cases, and 45 percent said it should be illegal in all or most cases — a difference within the poll’s margin of sampling error.

I can’t find the actual report online or on Pew’s website. However I did find a similar poll they conducted in May of this year. The numbers from that one are almost identical:

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted March 31-April 21 among 1,521 adults reached on landlines and cell phones, also finds public opinion about abortion more closely divided than it has been in several years. Currently, 46% say abortion should be legal in most cases (28%) or all cases (18%); 44% believe that abortion should be illegal in most (28%) or all cases (16%). Since the mid-1990s, majorities have consistently favored legal abortion, with the exception of an August 2001 survey by ABC News/Washington Post.

That last sentence is undercut somewhat by a Gallup poll done in May of this year which found, for the first time, that a majority of Americans self-identify as pro-life. The times, they are a changin’.

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