By Dave Andrusko
Earlier this week, we posted a story about Gallup’s first of what we knew would be a series of articles about abortion. We titled it simply, “More people still consider abortion morally wrong than morally acceptable.”
I pointed out the shortcomings of the Gallup conclusion. True, more people do consider abortion “morally wrong “than “morally acceptable.” But if you compared the results with the way Pew asks the question—which asks not about abortion in the abstract but whether having an abortion is morally wrong or morally acceptable–the margin is not 5 points but 25!
Today Gallup ran a story titled “Get to Know Americans’ Views on Abortion,” by RJ Reinhart. Here’s the lead:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Look for a six-article series to start Monday on Gallup.com, documenting Americans’ latest views on abortion, including deep dives into gender and generational trends. The latest findings are based on Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 1-10. The 2018 survey marks the 20th consecutive year in which this survey has measured abortion attitudes — building upon related Gallup trends that extend back to the 1970s.
Two quick points. First, as we do each year, we take “deep dives” into the results which invariably need further clarity and explanation (see above).
Second, unlike so many other “social issues,” where Americans’ views “have been growing more liberal, the 2018 survey results confirm that abortion continues to be an exception to the trend, with generally stable attitudes.”
That is so simply because abortion is wholly different—another life is taken—and because refuse to allow abortion to be “normalized.”