Skip to comments.Gallup: Gosnell Trial Hasn't Impacted Abortion Views
Posted on 05/10/2013 9:32:59 AM PDT by Pinkbell
Tales of newborn babies struggling for life before Dr. Kermit Gosnell allegedly snipped their spinal cords at his Philadelphia clinic haven't dramatically altered public opinion on abortion, a poll released Friday by Gallup finds.
Forty-eight percent of respondents told Gallup they were "pro-life" and 45 percent said they were "pro-choice." This indicates a closer divide than in 2012, when a Gallup poll found the "pro-choice" position sinking to an all-time low of 41 percent support.
The results indicate shades of gray for people who identify with the "pro-life" or "pro-choice" labels. Twenty-six percent of respondents said all abortions should be legal, 20 percent said all abortions should be banned and 52 percent said they favor legal abortions under certain circumstances.
Adults between the ages of 18 and 34 were the age demographic most likely to say abortion should be banned in all cases, with 23 percent saying so. Eighteen percent of 35-to 54-year-olds said they support an absolute ban on abortions, as did 19 percent of respondents over 55.
Gosnell's jury is currently weighing evidence on 227 criminal counts. He was arrested in 2011 and awaits judgment on four counts of first-degree murder. Former employees testified about deplorable conditions at his clinic, and Stephen Massof, an unlicensed doctor who worked for Gosnell, said he witnessed about 100 babies born alive before having their spinal cords "snipped" to ensure death. One witness against Gosnell was another Philadelphia abortion provider.
According to Gallup, 25 percent of Americans paid attention "very closely" or "somewhat closely" to the Gosnell trial. Fifty-four percent paid no attention to the case. Republicans were most likely to tune in to coverage, with 40 percent watching very or somewhat closely.
The poll surveyed 1,535 adults May 2 to 7. Its calculated margin of error is 4 percentage points.
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On a positive note, I found it interesting that young people are most in support of banning abortion in all cases. Could there be some hope?
Because nobody knows about it, maybe?
Absolutely useless poll. They should have included only anyone that saw, heard or read about any of it outide of the assload of nothing MSMs doled out.
Indeed, that’s exactly what I was thinking.
It hasn’t impacted views because the press has refused to report on it.
Exactly. This is why it is imperative that we expand conservative news options. I know Glenn Beck often receives much criticism but what he is doing with the Blaze is exactly what needs to be done.
I don’t always agree with Beck but I stand with him in that the time for complaining and doing nothing is over. If we can fund a billion campaign then we can advance our cause whether it be in media, education or any number of areas.
I put so much trust in Gallup...
Its not making an impact because the MSM is not doing their bloody job.
It has had an impact.
They show the harmful effects of smoking, do the same for abortion. Show the pictures.
Jodi Arias is really nothing more than a local murder story the media chose to sensationalize and when its done they’ll find another.
If they do talk about Gosnell they treat it like a single case extreme event which it isn’t.
Of course it didn’t change pro-abortion opinion. Those pro choice (abortion) don’t consider killing a late-term fetus, either inside or outside the womb, viable or not, as murder, so why should they be concerned with Gosnell’s activities? To them the mother’s intent to abort her child trumps all else.
Uh huh... yeah... right.
Reporter Covering Gosnell Murder Trial Changes His Mind on Abortion
OK, an exception that proves the rule.
Ding ding ding - exactly! If a botched abortion happens in the forrest and nobody sees it...