Gallup recently released a 2019 public opinion poll that revealed rising pro-life support in certain areas.
The poll surveyed public attitudes about abortion. There was a lot of information given in the survey results, but here are five key takeaways:
1. Pro-life identification is at its highest level since 2013.
In 2013, the number of people who identified as pro-life dropped to roughly 44 percent. This 2019 poll showed that the number has increased to 49 percent.
2. Those who want to see Roe v. Wade overturned are still in the minority.
While the number of people who identify as pro-life has climbed, they are still not enthusiastic about overturning a landmark Supreme Court abortion decision. Sixty percent of participants do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, which is a slight decrease from 64 percent in 2018.
3. A record-high number of Americans will only vote for candidates that align with their views on abortion.
Stances on abortion are becoming more and more important in the voting booth. Twenty-nine percent now say that abortion is a critical policy point in determining who they vote for, up from 20 percent in 2016 and far above the low of 13 percent in 2008.
4. Pro-lifers are more adamant about voting for pro-life candidates.
Even while the number of people who include abortion in their voting decisions has increased, the increase among pro-lifers is far greater than among pro-choice voters. Twenty-six percent of pro-choicers say that abortion views are key in choosing a candidate, up from 17 percent in 2016. In comparison, 35 percent of pro-lifers now say that they are important, up from 23 percent in 2016.
5. Forty percent of Americans favor fetal heartbeat bans.
While the majority are not in favor of fetal heartbeat bans, the support for such bans has held steady from 2018 polling even as more of these laws have been passed across the country. Notably, the support varies by geographical region: 47 percent support fetal heartbeat bans in the South, while support drops to 26 percent in the East.
For as many encouraging figures as this poll revealed, many discouraging figures were also uncovered. Public support for the right to life is increasing, but there is certainly still much work to be done.
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