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The Longer Someone Stayed in School, the Likelier They’ll Be ‘Pro-Choice,’ Says Gallup Data
NCS News ^ | 5/30/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 05/30/2012 2:12:08 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks

(CNSNews.com) - The longer Americans stay in school, the more likely they are to say they are “pro-choice” on abortion, according to newly released data from the Gallup poll.

Nonetheless, a majority of American college graduates who did not attend graduate school, as well a majority of those who have no better than a high school diploma, say they are pro-life.

In a poll of 1,024 Americans age 18 and older, conducted May 3-6, Gallup asked: “With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?”

Only 33 percent of Americans with a high school degree or less said they were “pro-choice." Meanwhile, 41 percent of those who had done “some college,” 45 percent of those who graduated from college but did not attend graduate school, and 58 percent of those who did attend graduate school described themselves as pro-choice.

On the other side of the ledger, 53 percent of those with a high school degree or less said they were “pro-life;” as did 49 percent of those who did “some college” and 53 percent of those who had earned a college degree but did not go to graduate school.

Even though a majority of college graduates who did not attend graduate school said they were pro-life, only 37 percent of those who did attend graduate school described themselves as pro-life.

Last week, Gallup released data from the same poll, showing that only 41 percent of Americans overall describe themselves as pro-choice, the lowest percentage Gallup has registered making that declaration since it started asking the question in 1995.

Also in the same poll, Gallup asked Americans whether they thought abortion should be legal under any circumstances, under most circumstances, in only a few circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances. Twenty-five percent said it should be legal under any circumstance and 13 percent said it should be legal under most circumstances. However, 39 percent said it should be legal in only a few circumstances and 20 percent said it should be illegal in all circumstances--making a majority of 59 percent who say abortion should be illegal in most or all circumstances.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; education; prolife; tooeducatedtobesmart

1 posted on 05/30/2012 2:12:17 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The longer they get to dumb you down, the dumber you will get


2 posted on 05/30/2012 2:14:39 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

MORAL: Only stoopid people are pro-life.


3 posted on 05/30/2012 2:15:20 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Tell the big lie long enough and many will fall for it.Of course the implied message of this piece is “the more intelligent one is the more likely they’ll be pro abortion”.


4 posted on 05/30/2012 2:16:35 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I’m not surprised; Dennis Prager talks about this all the time. Universities are left-wing seminaries. Their purpose isn’t to educate, but to produce leftists.


5 posted on 05/30/2012 2:20:58 PM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: Gay State Conservative

The fact of the matter is that schools teach the DOGMA of PRagatism and that leads young folks to think that abortion is OK because, “it doesn’t hurt me.” so it must be OK. John Dewey promoted the idea of pragmatism and held that it would transform the nation by changing the way people think, or actually don’t think. TV reinforces the whole idea that we should be pragmatic in our approach to everything as opposed to actually having set beliefs. Check out Chesterton.org


6 posted on 05/30/2012 2:21:21 PM PDT by RichardMoore (There is only one issue- Life: dump TV and follow a plant based diet)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I see it as the longer you hang around liberal academia the more likely you’ll become a liberal.

Has nothing to do with one’s intelligence.


7 posted on 05/30/2012 2:22:02 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Hey stoopid: Only moral people are pro-life.


8 posted on 05/30/2012 2:23:52 PM PDT by proudpapa
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To: wagglebee

Does anyone know if there is any connection between the Avon Breast Cancer Walk and Planned Parenthood, or any other pro-abortion organizations?

We have a friend who is considering walking for them, and it seems I heard at one time there was money that flowed from one of those ‘walking’ organizations and Planned Parenthood.


9 posted on 05/30/2012 2:26:22 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Nothing like 9 or 10 years of college paid for by Mom & Dad or Uncle Sam so you can get your BS, MS and PhD in Women’s Studies or some equally useless degree to guarantee that you will be fully indoctrinated as a liberal moonbat for life.


10 posted on 05/30/2012 2:26:45 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: GeronL
The longer they get to dumb you down, the dumber you will get.

was going to put in my 2 cents but it can't be said any better than that. But I could add, "and the easier you will be to manage," but that probably goes without saying.

11 posted on 05/30/2012 2:29:07 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: GeronL

Professional students use abortions as a form of birth control.


12 posted on 05/30/2012 2:34:43 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The more time liberals have to brainwash youthful brains ready to soak up knowledge, the more brainwashed the end product.

The fight for young minds was lost when Americans let hippies, Maoists, Marxists and other leftists weasel their way into the public education system in larger and larger numbers until they could control it, unionize it and turn it from education to socialist indoctrination.

There is little hope to restore America to a constitutional republic unless control of the schools is wrested away from the leftists and their liberal curriculum is tossed back on the trash heap of history next to Engles, Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Che, Mao and other failed heroes of the left.


13 posted on 05/30/2012 2:36:53 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If you want total security go to prison. The only thing lacking is freedom. D. D. Eisenhower)
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To: Clint N. Suhks



Millions of abortions means millions of children who didn't grow up to help carry the social security & medicare programs.

Here's a thought; Instead of our government helping to fund Planned Parenthood, maybe Planned Parenthood should have to make up for the money that the children they killed, would have been paying to support the system.

14 posted on 05/30/2012 2:38:04 PM PDT by GloriaJane (Pro Choice = Pro Death - Pro Life = Pro LIFE!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The longer someone extends their adolescence, the more they are willing to embrace extreme measures to evade adult responsibility. Makes sense.

So how does education correlate with birth rates?


15 posted on 05/30/2012 2:38:23 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Clint N. Suhks
The Longer Someone Stayed in School, the Likelier They’ll Be ‘Pro-Choice,’ Says Gallup Data

Ha ha. Didn't work with me. I have over 36 years in school and I'm so pro-life that Wm. F. Buckley, Jr. said I'd get pilloried rather than praised over some of my anti-abortion writing.
16 posted on 05/30/2012 2:41:30 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: CaptainK
Professional students use abortions as a form of birth control.


17 posted on 05/30/2012 2:43:59 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Indoctrinated & Brainwashed more like it.
18 posted on 05/30/2012 2:45:43 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Clint N. Suhks

To favor monogamous, heterosexual marriage and to oppose the killing of the unborn makes one a “neanderthal” in today’s society.

To favor random, indiscriminate sex with multiple partners of either gender, and to kill a child prior to its birth makes one “enlightened”.

This must be the end-times.


19 posted on 05/30/2012 2:49:42 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Question_Assumptions
The longer someone extends their adolescence, the more they are willing to embrace extreme measures to evade adult responsibility. Makes sense.

The longer one spends in the company of people who have a typical mindset while, to some degree, feeling dependent on them for one's advancement in that environment, the more susceptible one is to adopting the mindset. This was probably true of, say, the Nazi Party during WWII. The higher in the ranks one rose, the more one became committed to that ideology, if for no other reason than survival.
20 posted on 05/30/2012 2:50:11 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Retired Greyhound
To favor monogamous, heterosexual marriage and to oppose the killing of the unborn makes one a “neanderthal” in today’s society.

Geez, really! This is the majority view in the United States. Why would you characterize "today's society" as holding the opposite view? Have the elite so subverted you?
21 posted on 05/30/2012 2:53:36 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Clint N. Suhks

If this is true, and I don’t doubt it is, then the bursting of the higher education bubble will be a pro-life event by greatly reducing the number of new indoctrinees (or would that be propagandees?) and throwing leftists out of work.


22 posted on 05/30/2012 2:58:01 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Actually, I became totally pro-life in college.(*)
And I recently finished grad school. Still pro-life.

(*)I remember reading back then (early 80s) that the most vocal supporters of abortion were actually teen males. Figures, of course, that they were figuring that they needed a way out of a bad predicament should they ever actually get a girlfriend.

23 posted on 05/30/2012 2:58:54 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
No surprise that the most important finding from the survey was left out. Americans have become more pro-life over the last few years. This is the most significant trend, including those with graduate degrees.



The internals:

Survey Methods Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted May 3-6, 2012 with a random sample of 1,024 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.

Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Each sample includes a minimum quota of 400 cell phone respondents and 600 landline respondents per 1,000 national adults, with additional minimum quotas among landline respondents by region. Landline telephone numbers are chosen at random among listed telephone numbers. Cell phone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods. Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday.

Samples are weighted by gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, adults in the household, and phone status (cell phone only/landline only/both, cell phone mostly, and having an unlisted landline number). Demographic weighting targets are based on the March 2011 Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older non-institutionalized population living in U.S. telephone households. All reported margins of sampling error include the computed design effects for weighting and sample design.

24 posted on 05/30/2012 3:11:31 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
I don't know about that particular group; the Komen organization gives plenty of money to PP.
25 posted on 05/30/2012 3:19:22 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: proudpapa

Tell me you knew that was sarcasm.


26 posted on 05/30/2012 3:32:27 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: aruanan

Perhaps I should have specified that these ideas are perpetuated by Hollywood and the media. I’m not sure it is the majority view, but this is generally the direction of the modern culture. We’re trending in the wrong direction.


27 posted on 05/30/2012 4:04:16 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Here are some other facts they learned from the survey. The longer you are in school, the more likely you are to...

be unable to change a tire
attend Burning Man or SXSW
wear second-hand clothing
be killed in an automobile-bicycle collision
not shave your legs (if female)
shave your chest (if male)
go dumpster diving
be beaten or pepper sprayed by riot police
be awesome at hacky sack


28 posted on 05/30/2012 4:42:57 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: wagglebee

Thanks.


29 posted on 05/30/2012 5:20:27 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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