Tuesday, May 29, 2012
More on the Gallup Poll
The Washington Post: Pro-choice and pro-life? On abortion, Americans say ‘it’s complicated.’, by Robert P. Jones:
Last week, Gallup released new data that, at first glance, appeared to show a significant change in Americans’ perspectives on abortion. The number of Americans who identify as “pro-choice” has dropped six points since last July, from 47 percent to 41 percent, while half (50 percent) of Americans identify as “pro-life.” Given the charged election year atmosphere, it is not surprising that some have leapt to the conclusion that this shift represents a dramatic sea change in support for the legality of abortion.
But such interpretations raise the question of whether these binary, politicized labels accurately capture Americans’ nuanced views on abortion. . . .