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On Wednesday, Gallup released its annual poll on abortion trends. Megan Brenan’s write-up for Gallup highlights that a ” Record-High 47% in U.S. Think Abortion Is Morally Acceptable .” However, there is much more to the poll, including results that are more favorable to the pro-life position that the media may not be willing to cover.
That headline is technically true. The plurality, 47 percent of respondents, who find abortion to be “morally acceptable” is indeed a record high. But it’s crucial to look to the results of those who find abortion to be “morally wrong.” That number is at 46 percent. That number is nearly identical.
Last year’s results found that 44 percent said abortion was “morally acceptable,” while 47 percent said it was “morally wrong.”
Michael J. New, a Research Associate at The Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America and an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, noted the same in a similar analysis for Live Action News : “Morally acceptable” sentiment is largely unchanged
First, it is true that this survey finds that percentage of Americans who think abortion is “morally acceptable” reached an all-time high. However, while the survey found that 47 percent of Americans think abortion is “morally acceptable,” this is only a 3-percentage-point gain from the most recent Gallup survey in 2020. Furthermore, there was only a 1-percentage-point decline in those finding abortion “morally wrong.” “The mainstream media will likely spin a few of the findings from this recent Gallup poll to argue that there has been a decrease in pro-life sentiment,” Dr. New cautioned. “However, pro-lifers should not be misled.”
Sure enough, mainstream media outlets jumped at the headline.
“Record-high 47 percent say abortion is morally acceptable: Gallup,” Dominick Mastrangelo reported for The Hill . And Jack Brewster reported for Forbes that “Record Number Of Americans Say Abortion ‘Morally Acceptable,’ Gallup Poll Finds.”
For the past several years, with 2021 being no different, Americans are evenly split on a “pro-choice” versus “pro-life” identification. According to this most recent poll, 49 percent consider themselves pro-choice, while 47 percent consider […]