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"Pro-Choice" Americans at Record-Low 41%
Gallup.com ^ | May 23, 2012 | Lydia Saad

Posted on 05/23/2012 3:33:14 AM PDT by iowamark

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 ahead on two occasions, once in May 2009 and again today. It remains to be seen whether the pro-life spike found this month proves temporary, as it did in 2009, or is sustained for some period...

Since 2001, the majority of Republicans have consistently taken the pro-life position, but by a gradually increasing margin over "pro-choice." That gap expanded further this year, with the percentage of Republicans identifying as pro-life increasing to 72% from 68% last May, and those identifying as pro-choice dropping to 22% from 28%. Still, Republicans' current views are similar to those found in 2009.

The percentage of political independents identifying as pro-choice is 10 points lower today than in May 2011, while the percentage pro-life is up by six points. As a result, pro-lifers now outnumber pro-choicers among this important swing political group for only the second time since 2001, with the first occurring in 2009.

More broadly, since 2009, independents have been fairly closely divided between the two abortion positions, whereas for most of the 2001-2008 period, significantly more independents were pro-choice than pro-life...

(Excerpt) Read more at gallup.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; americans; elections; low; polls; prochoice; prolife; record

1 posted on 05/23/2012 3:33:29 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

A sign of hope.


2 posted on 05/23/2012 3:34:06 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: iowamark

When people realize that so called “choice” is killing a baby. Things change.

And the media does not even allow the term ‘pro life’ any more. It’s referred to as anti abortion.

Imagine if we ever had a fair media, the liberal side of the argument would poll in the low 20s.


3 posted on 05/23/2012 3:58:38 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: iowamark

To sum up: Democrats are the party of baby killers.


4 posted on 05/23/2012 4:14:10 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: iowamark

Pro Choice = Pro Death


5 posted on 05/23/2012 4:31:42 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Biggirl

I think women are getting sooooo weary of this subject; , not because they don’t care about abortions taking place, but they are tired of the ‘messenger’.

The women’s ‘movement’ (which is aptly named because it’s full of crap) is old. Old news, old lines, old feminists.

But I think their greatest achievement-if you want to look at that way-is the popularity-and success- of “the single mom”.

Why would a woman want to even get an abortion now?

It isn’t like it’s a bad thing to have a baby out of “wedlock’....heck, you don’t even have to like guys or even touch one to have kids.
Single moms are idolized on TV, in Hollyweird and can even turn pregnancy into money by being a surogate... or if they really want to wear their Progressive heart on their sleeve, they can have a baby for 2 dads.

Now that’s Pro-Choice!

And never mind the plethora of social services the single mom has at her fingertips; food stamps, housing asst, medicaid-the list is endless.

So by rewarding the single mom with the welfare brass ring of a never-ending list of financial assistance in some form or another for 18 years, they have made their cry of pro-abortion obselete.

Women work, women have babies, women buy houses, women do it all and can do it all without men-if they choose. Not that I would want to, but this is where Pro-Choice has ended up; not only are women empowered to be all that they can be, but if they decide to HAVE that baby, they have landed a government sponsorship for years! And should she decide she does want a man in her baby’s life, they’ll even help that single mom track down and crack down on that single dad and make him pay too.

So remind me again why women should choose abortion-I mean pro-choice?

NOW and the Pro-Choice sisterhood are out of a job-put a fork in them, they’re done.


6 posted on 05/23/2012 4:37:16 AM PDT by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro....since 1998)
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To: iowamark

Shame on those who are pro-abortion!

But God is waiting to forgive you. Just ask Him.


7 posted on 05/23/2012 4:46:15 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (hViva Christo Rey!)
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson
I posted to Breaking News

I felt this is an important event, especially in an election year.

I think any politican worth his salt will take note of this...

8 posted on 05/23/2012 10:47:38 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: iowamark
The real issue with "choice", as with "gay" marriage, is NOT how people vote when it's an up or down referendum.

It's how they choose between two candidates, when the pro-abortion, pro-homosexual candidate is also the More Free Stuff candidate.

9 posted on 05/23/2012 10:59:55 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: iowamark

I wonder how much of this is attributable to heavily-Catholic Hispanics, yet who still 2/3 or more vote Democratic? So it seems regardless, the pro-abortion side is going to continue to win.


10 posted on 05/23/2012 11:09:40 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Fat, drunk and stupid = Dumb, dependent, and Democrat)
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To: iowamark

The 0bama effect?


11 posted on 05/23/2012 12:08:18 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: CitizenUSA

And, all those dimocrats that support this murder are going to pay for it one day. That day is when the Lord Jesus Christ has them stand before Him for judgment. Every doctor that murdered one of God’s children will pay with the Lake of Fire for all eternity. And those stinking murdering homo loving dimocrats that support this garbage and murder are going to pay with it also.


12 posted on 05/23/2012 12:23:18 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (He has Risen!!! If you do not know Him, this is the perfect week to seek Him out!!!)
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To: iowamark
A few years ago, watching the “Battlestar Galatica” reboot, they had a very pro life episode.

So much so, I was very happily shocked. Told my wife that if SciFi is starting to go prolife, things are starting to change.

Saw the same thing with gun control. A show like “Top Shot” would never have been made 15 or even 10 years ago.

13 posted on 05/23/2012 12:25:32 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: nhwingut

I know some libs who put their hands over their ears and scream “it’s NOT A BABY!” when you bring up the facts about the developing infant.

It’s pretty obvious they had done away with their own little “bunch of cells” earlier in life, and don’t want to face the truth.


14 posted on 05/23/2012 12:27:36 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: CitizenUSA
To sum up: Democrats are the party of baby killers.

Yes. And sadly, the Republicans are fixing to nominate a pro-choice democrat. One who hides that position right in the open behind only one tissue-thin layer of lies.

Mitt Romney always has been, and remains, a pro-choice democrat, and admits it on his own website

15 posted on 05/23/2012 12:32:06 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Party like it's 1860. www.SelfGovernment.US)
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To: iowamark

HOGWASH...JMHO

A person that is pro life does not under any circumstances vote Democrat, the term “pro life democrat” is a oxymoron as far as I am concerned.

For that matter the term “Christian Democrat” is a oxymoron

Chris Matthews “claimed” to be pro life not that long ago

some of these so called “Christian” black Church members claim to be pro life, yet their vote says they are for abortion, gay marriage and anti Christian values.

Their vote orders all those evils via Supreme Court. Now they feign outrage over gay marriage..LOL They will cave,60 million + abortions, the removal of Christ from classroom/ public square has not bothered them, why would gay marriage be any different, they have already given the nod to that with their vote anyway.

Not just the black Church, Catholic Democrats have also held the power that could have prevented 60+ million abortions


16 posted on 05/23/2012 12:56:08 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: iowamark

Most Americans are pro choice at heart, however most Americans are willing to extend life’s choice to the fetus as a human being as it should be.


17 posted on 05/23/2012 1:09:55 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: iowamark
This does not surprise me.

I am a college professor and two things that strike me is that the vast majority of my students support gay marriage and the vast majority of them oppose (or at least want MAJOR limitations on) abortion.

18 posted on 05/23/2012 1:19:05 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: comebacknewt

We may end up splitting that one.


19 posted on 05/23/2012 1:22:02 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

“The 0bama effect?”

You wonder. SOMETHING happened in the second half of 2011! But what?


20 posted on 05/23/2012 1:24:08 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: comebacknewt

I am skeptical about this swing to “pro-life”. I think it is superficial lip service in many cases and not enough to stop a coed from aborting her own baby if one show shows up unexpectedly. When college kids are out there en masse burning down Planned Parenthood facilities and running the butchers out of town then I’ll believe it.


21 posted on 05/23/2012 1:25:25 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: nhwingut

You’re right about anti-abortion. The irony is that they don’t want to be called pro-abortion. Is pro-abortion not the opposite of anti-abortion? However, I’ve noticed they have another one I’ve been seeing lately. They’ve been calling us “abortion foes.” I guess they think that makes us sound more nefarious, but what they don’t realize is, we’re proud to be the foes of such a heinous practice.


22 posted on 05/23/2012 1:57:58 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Woo hoo! Another moderate candidate! Thanks GOP and voters!)
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To: iowamark

Libs have become so confident in their position that they are out there calling unborn children “parasites”, in public forums.
That’s gotta be an eye-opener for people. An attention grabber to the young moms and dads who thought it was cool/enlightened to be progressive.


23 posted on 05/23/2012 3:33:10 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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A good question to ask folks is, “Are you comfortable with the fact we abort over one million healthy fetuses each year in the United States?”

All of a sudden, people are confronted with something they find very disturbing. Very few people see this as something morally neutral.

No matter who they are, they come away thinking it would be a good thing if we could find a way to get that number as close as possible to zero.

Of course some will still fail to see the issue clearly, and others will balk at the idea of just how we achieve that. None the less, the thought process is germinated and most folks will come around in time.

For some folks who will still miss the point, it is likely that they will perk up when you point out that the number of Blacks in our nation have been disproportionately reduced through abortion. This racial element, will at the least create a conflict within them that they’ll have to come to terms with.

This is a non-judgmental non-confrontational way to address the issue with most people. It won’t be seen as insulting, or unfair to women. It just touches on the idea that in an ideal setting, it would be desirable to have far fewer abortions take place.


24 posted on 05/23/2012 3:33:33 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Okay, now lets see if the RNC, Rove, and Card can get him elected without their core base. Game on!)
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

pro-life ping


25 posted on 05/23/2012 4:08:44 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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26 posted on 05/23/2012 5:23:06 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Friendofgeorge

You’re absolutely correct, the democratic party has effectively purged all pro-lifers from their ranks. Does anybody remember how the dems treated Gov. Bob Casey at the ‘96 convention? His son, the Senator from Pennsylvania is a absolute disgrace, claiming to be pro-life but voting the democratic party line on abortion. You can not truely be pro-life and vote democratic. It just doesn’t wash.


27 posted on 05/23/2012 5:23:24 PM PDT by BLOC77 (bloc07)
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To: iowamark; Sirius Lee; lilycicero; MaryLou1; glock rocks; JPG; Monkey Face; RIghtwardHo; ...
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.


28 posted on 05/23/2012 5:32:13 PM PDT by narses
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To: EternalVigilance; BlackElk; Impy; PhilCollins; fieldmarshaldj
>> Yes. And sadly, the Republicans are fixing to nominate a pro-choice democrat. One who hides that position right in the open behind only one tissue-thin layer of lies. <<

Here in Illinois, we have a "Republican" U.S. Senator who gloats about getting a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood and yet claims his position on abortion is "thoughtful" and "moderate". He actually claims to represent the beliefs of the "average" voter. I'm not sure which is more disgusting... the fact a "Republican" gets away with voting to the left of Hillary Clinton on abortion, or the fact so many "conservatives" make excuses for the guy and claim he "has to" vote that way to win over "moderates". Mark Kirk gung-ho, unapologetic abortion on demand isn't on the same planet as "social moderates". I haven't even found any hardcore "pro-choice" people who say they support partial birth abortion.

29 posted on 05/23/2012 6:28:45 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks iowamark.


30 posted on 05/23/2012 7:00:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BLOC77

AMEN


31 posted on 05/23/2012 7:53:01 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR BUST)
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To: steve86
It is not that hard to understand if you accept that all are sinners in a broken world.
32 posted on 05/23/2012 8:01:44 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: iowamark

People are beginning to realize that under health plans like obamacare, when they become inconvenient, they can be aborted at any age.


33 posted on 05/23/2012 10:19:00 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: steve86

I think the problem is that they’re repelled by abortion - or just know that they should be. But they don’t understand why they’re repelled.

There’s certainly no conversation about being in the image of God.

I like to remind people that were the only species having this conversation and work from there.


34 posted on 05/23/2012 10:35:53 PM PDT by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed, not afraid to use it. Hold Rs to promises, don't watch O keep his.)
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To: iowamark

With the American people, 41 percent is a majority. 41 senators can keep a filibuster going and outpower the other 59. The American people don’t understand much about policy and government, or we wouldn’t be in the mess we are if they did.


35 posted on 05/24/2012 3:25:39 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

“Shame on those who are pro-abortion!”

Many people aren’t pro-abortion; they just don’t want it to be criminalized. Sort of like the libertarian stance on drugs.

But there are also quite a few people who really love abortions because they make a lot of money from it.


36 posted on 05/24/2012 3:46:57 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: A_Former_Democrat

“I wonder how much of this is attributable to heavily-Catholic Hispanics, yet who still 2/3 or more vote Democratic? So it seems regardless, the pro-abortion side is going to continue to win.”

Because the pro-abortion candidate is also the More Free Stuff candidate (as pointed out by the previous post)


37 posted on 05/24/2012 3:49:26 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: narses

Chicken nuggets made out of pink slime but that is for another thread.


38 posted on 05/24/2012 3:53:35 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Biggirl; iowamark
A sign of hope.

It's not bad, but it was a cheapskate random sample of adults, not even registered voters, much less likely voters, with a plus or minus of four percent. It just as likely could be 46 - 45 percent in favor of prolife. That's too close for comfort.

39 posted on 05/24/2012 6:01:24 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: iowamark

I prefer the term “pro-abortion” to “pro-choice”. We should not let the liberals get away with using euphemisms to mask what they truly believe in.


40 posted on 05/24/2012 6:19:14 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

We NEED to reclaim the language...the opposite of life is DEATH, not choice. There is NO ‘pro-choice’...when a woman CHOOSES; the unborn DIE. Pro-life, pro-death...those are the choices. Stop letting the children of Satan control the argument.


41 posted on 05/24/2012 6:23:59 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: ari-freedom

-—Many people aren’t pro-abortion; they just don’t want it to be criminalized. Sort of like the libertarian stance on drugs.——

I can’t see it as being any different than, “I oppose murder, but I don’t want it criminalized.”

It’s the position I held briefly in college, and it was motivated by indifference.


42 posted on 05/25/2012 4:43:11 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: iowamark

We’re winning the battle for hearts and minds. Keep up the push for informed consent and the truth will win. Truly an answer to prayer. Thank you God!


43 posted on 05/25/2012 6:31:15 AM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Excellent points, DO, as usual, in post #24.

Hope all is well with you.


44 posted on 05/25/2012 6:41:10 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: exit82

Thank you. All is well with me. I hope things are going good for you also.

Take care Exit82. It’s always nice to see you on the forum.


45 posted on 05/25/2012 9:05:18 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (This space for rent...)
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To: iowamark

All the lefties and feminists have been the inadvertent architects of their own extinctions in either a) choosing to forego having children altogether or b) aborting their children.


46 posted on 05/25/2012 10:41:44 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian
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