More Americans are pro-life than not by a large margin according to the results of a new poll.
As Axios reports, despite the pro-abortion efforts in New York and Virginia, 55 percent of Americans support protecting a child when it is in the womb and carrying out the pregnancy.
“The recent debate over ‘late-term abortion,’ fueled by state measures in New York and Virginia that loosened, or sought to loosen, abortion restrictions toward the end of a woman’s pregnancy, has caused ‘a dramatic shift’ in public attitudes towards abortion policy, according to Barbara Carvalho who directed a new Marist poll, commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization,” Axios reports.
According to the poll just as many Americans identify as being pro-life (47 percent) as there are people who identify as being pro-choice (47 percent).
Just last month, that figure was not even close: “a similar Marist survey found that Americans were more likely to identify as pro-choice than pro-life 55% to 38%, a 17-point gap.”
As efforts in New York and Virginia sought to permit a third-trimester abortion (or later in Virginia’s case), the poll found that 80 percent of Americans supported abortion being limited to the first three months of a woman’s pregnancy.
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Here’s more on the polling, from Axios:
Between the lines: Marist has been polling Americans’ attitudes on abortion for over a decade, and Carvalho told Axios this is the first time since 2009 that as many or more Americans have identified as pro-life as have identified as pro-choice.
- But what Carvalho said she found most significant was that Democrats, specifically those under the the age of 45, seem to be leading the shift: This month’s poll found 34% of Democrats identify as pro-life vs. 61% pro-choice. Last month, those numbers were 20% and 75% respectively.
- Among Dems under 45, 47% identify as pro-life vs. 48% pro-choice. In January, those numbers were 28% and 65% respectively.
“This has been a measure that has been so stable over time. To see that kind of change was surprising,” Carvalho said. “And the increased discussion [of late-term abortion] in the public forum in the past month appears to have made the biggest difference in how people identify on the issue.”
President Trump is undoubtedly looking to tap into this pro-life shift as he recently issued a new rule which would bar organization that provides abortion referrals from receiving federal dollars.