View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Pro-life trend continues

Yet another poll reveals that Americans are becoming increasingly pro-life.

A Knights of Columbus/Marist Institute poll shows that approximately 49 percent of Americans now describe themselves as pro-life - up from 44 percent since last October - and that 60 percent think abortion should be legal only in a few circumstances or not at all.

The poll results are based on a telephone survey of 1,223 Americans in May 2009 and claims a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.

Practicing Catholics were 67 percent pro-life, compared to 59 percent in 2008. However, pro-life non-practicing Catholics declined from 29 percent to 23 percent.

About 42 percent of poll respondents said abortion should be illegal in most circumstances, while 18 percent said it should be illegal in all circumstances (I'd part of that 18 percent group). 23 percent said abortion should be legal in all circumstances, while 17 percent believed it should be legal in most circumstances.

While 60 percent favored banning abortion in all or many circumstances, another 26 percent thought it should be allowed only in the first three months of pregnancy.

Under Roe, Dow and and related Supreme Court rulings, abortion in the U.S. is almost is permitted throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Another interesting result is that while the pro-aborts try to deny or conceal that abortion harms women, the surveyed people are not buying it. Around 53 percent of respondents said an abortion does more harm than good to a woman in the long run, while only 26 percent felt it improves a woman’s life.

Almost 80 percent of Americans believed health care workers should not be required to perform an abortion if it conflicts with their personal values. I hope President Obama is listening.

In May, a Gallup poll reported that a majority of U.S. respondents described themselves as pro-life.

While these polls reveal a trend toward a more pro-life position, the nation is still split over the issue. We have more work to do.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never talk to any pollsters and most people I know opt out. I wonder how valid these results really are? Who actually takes the tie to talk to these folks? Who has the time? I've tried it a couple of times and 10 minutes turns into 20 pretty fast; thus I gave up.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Actually, I was interviewed for a Quinnipeac (sp?) poll about three weeks ago about NY politics and some social issues. I made the time.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...


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