Another Encouraging Finding in Latest Gallup Poll

By Dave Andrusko

Understandably, there’s been a lot of attention paid to Gallup’s latest abortion figures, including by us (here and here). I had thought we’d dug up all of the nuggets, but I was wrong.

A colleague at National Right to Life who studies these things pointed out an additional key finding in Gallup’s 2011 Values and Beliefs survey, conducted May 5-8.

We’ve already highlighted that a total of 61% of respondents said abortion should either be legal in only a few circumstances (39%) or illegal in all circumstances (22%). That compares with a total of 37% who said either that abortion should be legal in all circumstances (27%), or under most circumstances (10%). We’d also noted that this was an improvement from data derived in May 2008.

As you would expect, self-identified Republicans were much more pro-life and self-identified Democrats were more pro-abortion.

But the key group—the segment of the population that everyone is after—are Independents. We are continually told that to talk about their pro-life stance will hurt a candidate with this large, and growing larger, segment.

Truth be told their numbers track the national numbers almost to a “T.”

According to Gallup, 60% of Independents say abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances (42%) or illegal in all (18%).

Lesson? Candidates can and should talk about their pro-life convictions for the same reason we have discussed for forever: most Americans are much closer to where we are on abortion than to the pro-abortion side.

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