Pro-life researcher analyzes poll showing more pro-choice Americans
A pro-life researcher is skeptical of a recent Gallup poll that reportedly found an overall increase in support for legal abortion, citing population distribution issues.
Last month, the United States Supreme Court upheld Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban with its 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationwho knocked down Roe vs. Wadethe 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
A recent Gallup poll conducted May 2-22 that gauged Americans’ views on abortion reportedly found an increase in the number of people who identify as pro-choice.
In a sample of more than 1,000 participants, Gallup data shows that 55% of American adults identify as pro-choice compared to 39% who identify as pro-life. Another 5% of American adults said they had no opinion on the matter.
Michael J. New, researcher and research associate at the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute, noted in an article for National Review that he doubted the poll results.
New said most of the surge in support for legal abortion seems to have happened among racial minorities, but that opinion seems too sudden, especially when compared to the lack of change one way or the other. in the other for white respondents.
“It doesn’t make sense that the flight from the Dobbs decision would have a significant impact on the opinions of racial minorities, but only a marginal impact on the attitude of white people,” New said in a statement emailed to the Christian Post.
The poll found that only 10% of ‘people of color’ thought abortion should be ‘illegal in all circumstances’. New wrote in his National Review article that previous Gallup polls had indicated that 23% of “total Hispanic or non-white Americans” said they believed abortion should be “illegal in all circumstances.”
New expressed doubts that a 13% drop could have taken place when overall non-minority attitudes on abortion appear to have remained the same.
He further explained that Gallup polls conducted between 2017 and 2019 found that 34% of Hispanics thought abortion should be “illegal under all circumstances,” adding that a “drop of about 24 points in less than five years puts credulity to the test.
The pro-life researcher also noted that Gallup polls between 2018 and 2021 found that 16% of white people thought abortion should be “illegal in all circumstances.” He noted that the recent survey found “little change” in white respondents’ attitudes about abortion.
“This new Gallup poll also has some unusual results regarding low-income people’s attitudes toward abortion,” New wrote. “In Gallup polls between 2018 and 2021, 24% of those earning less than $40,000 a year said abortion should be ‘illegal under all circumstances’.”
“But the latest poll finds that only 15% of those earning less than $40,000 a year said the same. A nine-point drop in a short period is surprising.
New asks Gallup to provide a detailed racial breakdown of the results of its 2022 abortion poll and that they consider commissioning another poll on attitudes toward abortion.
“Abortion has become an exceptionally salient political issue following the Dobbs decision,” the pro-life researcher wrote to CP. “Thus, accurate and detailed information on the attitudes toward abortion of key political demographics would certainly benefit activists, lawmakers, and the general public.”