Majority of Americans Still Oppose Abortion on Moral Grounds

Elisabeth Meinecke
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Posted: Jul 03, 2011 8:25 PM

A new Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans (51%) believe abortion is morally wrong. There's still a lot of work and educating to do, however, for the pro-life movement, since those identifying as "pro-choice" (49%) slightly outnumber those identifying as pro-life (45%), a reverse of what happened in 2009.

What does the Gallup report itself conclude?

"Americans' views on abortion held fairly steady over the past year, with the public still sharply divided over the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" labels. Nevertheless, majorities of Americans indicate some reluctance about abortion on both moral and legal grounds. This is seen most strongly among Republicans and older Americans."