Gallup says Americans pro-choice. True?
Gallup’s headline was “Americans choose ‘pro-choice’ for first time in seven years.” But, not so fast. For the last seven years, sometimes the largest numbers of Americans described themselves as pro-life and in other years more described themselves as pro-choice. So does that mean that Americans have decidedly moved to a pro-choice position?
A recent poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion looked at more specific aspects. They found, for instance that about 78% of Americans, including some who say they are pro-choice, would limit abortion to the first three months of pregnancy. Only about 1 in 10 Americans supports the limitless abortion advocated by many of the political and feminist leaders of today. The others are closer to the pro-life position.
So, are Americans pro-choice? If you just look at labels, maybe. But if you look at details, not so much.