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Public Opinion on Abortion

There is a great deal of controversy over where the public stands on the subject of abortion. The following graphs display graphically how the public stands on abortion according to polls taken down through the years by Gallup. The statistics are taken from http://www.gallup.com/poll/1576/abortion.aspx.

More people have tended to describe themselves as "pro-choice" than "pro-life" down through the twenty or so years that Gallup has polled people on the subject, although in 2009 that situation changed and more people began describing themselves as "pro-life" than "pro-choice".
               

The previous graph displayed the responses when people were questioned after asking other questions on the subject of abortion. When Gallup asked people the same question as a stand-alone question, the responses showed a similar pattern:
               

When Gallup asked people when they would approve of abortion and gave them three choices "legal under any circumstances", "legal only in certain circumstances", or "illegal in all circumstances" the results showed that the majority of people would approve of abortion "only in certain circumstances" in all years surveyed:
               

However, when Gallup broke down the middle category into two choices "legal under most circumstances" or "legal in a few circumstances" the results showed that the great majority of people in the middle category only approved of abortion in a few circumstances:
               

Combining the "legal in a few circumstances" with the "illegal in all circumstances" and the "legal in all circumstances" with the "legal in most circumstances" reveals that in every year that Gallup has polled, the majority of Americans were opposed to most abortions: