Gallup Poll: 55% of Americans Want All or Most Abortions Made Illegal

National   Steven Ertelt   Jul 1, 2020   |   9:18AM    Washington, DC

Gallup has released new National polling data on the issue of abortion and the results show continued pro-life sentiment across the Untied States as a majority of people say they oppose all or most abortions as Americans have said for years.

Typically the Gallup poll has found in majority of Americans oppose all or most abortions even though some Americans who technically take a pro-life position opposing abortion wrongly think they are supposedly pro-choice.

In the past, the Gallup survey has found that roughly half or just over half of Americans oppose all or almost all abortions. The newest polling data is no different, as Gallup notes it has “consistently” found over the years that a majority of Americans are pro-life.

Gallup found 55% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (21%) or almost all 39% abortions made illegal. That’s a decline of 5% from its 2019 poll but an uptick of 2 percent from its 2018 figures.

The poll found just 43% of Americans take a pro-abortion position wanting all (29%) or almost all (14%) abortions legal. That is up from the 38% figure Gallup found last year but the same as the 2018 figure. Only 29% of Americans agree with pro-abortion presidential candidate Joe Biden that all abortions should remain legal up to birth.

The results, as usual, are at odds with a second Gallup question asking Americans if they are pro-life or pro-life. Historically Americans have wrongly said they are pro-choice when they actually support making all or more abortions illegal — and that historical trend continues. While Americans support making abortions illegal by a 55-38% margin, Americans say they are pro-choice/pro-life by a 48-46 percent margin, making it clear there’s significant confusion about the terms.

Gallup’s polling found men are more pro-life than women, older Americans more pro-life than millennials, white Americans more pro-life than minorities, Republicans more pro-life than Democrats and conservatives more pro-life than liberals.

The Values and Beliefs poll, which Gallup conducts every year, also found that 47 percent of Americans believe abortions are morally wrong, while 44 percent said they are morally acceptable.

The Gallup poll tracks with other recent polls showing a pro-life majority on abortion.

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A new CBS News poll from June shows the majority of Americans oppose killing unborn babies in abortions or say they want more limits on abortion, which virtually unlimited in many states. The poll found just 43% of Americans think abortions should be generally available while 55% of Americans say it should either be more limited or should not be permitted altogether.

A new Marist poll from January found six in 10 Americans (62%) say that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade it should rule to allow states to determine restrictions (46%) or make abortion illegal (16%). Only 33% of Americans say Roe v. Wade should be interpreted to allow for legal abortion any time without restriction. The 62% majority includes about four in 10 of those who identify as Democrats (39%) or as “pro-choice” (40%). That essentially puts Americans on record as favoring the reversal of Roe since only an overturning of the Supreme Court ruling of the case would allow states to determine abortion law and policy or make abortions illegal.

The poll also found a majority of Americans favor pro-life candidates over candidates who support abortion.

About two-thirds of Americans (65%) and the same percentage of registered voters say they “are more likely to vote for” candidates who would limit abortion to at most the first three months of pregnancy. This includes about nine in 10 Republicans (88%), more than six in 10 independents (62% percent), and more than four in 10 Democrats (44%).

Another January poll, from Gallup, found a majority of Americans are dissatisfied with current laws allowing abortion on demand.

“Fifty-eight percent of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the nation’s policies on abortion, marking a seven-percentage-point increase from one year ago and a new high in Gallup’s trend,” it reported.

In the spring of 2019, a Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think heartbeat laws are too restrictive – even though they would ban almost all abortions, according to The Hill.

Similarly, a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that just 6 percent of Americans said abortions should be allowed “up until the birth of the child.”

And in the winter, Marist University research found that just 13 percent of Americans support abortion at any time during pregnancy. In contrast, 58 percent said they would like abortions to be allowed, at most, in cases of rape, incest and risks to the mother’s life, and an additional 22 percent would limit abortions to the first trimester. That is a full 80 percent of Americans who disagree with abortion activists’ agenda.

Meanwhile, another 2019 abortion poll found 58% of Americans want all or almost all abortions made illegal.

A poll conducted by the Morning Consult research firm finds most Americans want abortions to be made illegal either in all cases or in very rare cases such as rape or incest or win the pregnancy directly threatens the life of the mother. Those cases constitute less than 2 or 3% of all abortions, meaning that most Americans support making virtually all abortions illegal.

In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade and Dole v. Bolton decisions that effectively took the decision-making process from states on abortion law and put it in the hands of 9 unelected judges. The decisions allowed virtually unlimited abortions and prohibited states from protecting unborn children from abortion except in the latter stages of pregnancy.