WASHINGTON D.C. – More Americans identify as “pro-life” than “pro-choice” according to a Gallup poll conducted from May 1 to May 12, 2019. The public opinion firm conducts the poll annually and has been tracking the issue since 1975. The last time Gallup identified more Americans as pro-life than pro-choice was in 2013.
Gallup, 49% of Americans identify as pro-life, while 46% identify as pro-choice.
A majority of Americans (53%) believe abortion should be legal under certain
circumstances. Those who believe abortion should be legal under any
circumstances (25%), slightly outnumber those who believe abortion should be
illegal under any circumstance (21%).
number of Americans who say abortion should be illegal in any circumstance or those who say abortion should be legal in only
a few circumstances, however, is 60%.
That strong 60%
majority of Americans who say there should be at least some significant restrictions
on abortions stands tall over the 38% of Americans who say either that abortion
should be legal in any circumstance or in most circumstances.
about one-third of Americans told Gallup that they want the candidate they vote
for to share their views on abortion. 26% of pro-choice Americans said they would
only vote for a candidate that is also pro-choice.
of pro-life Americans said they would only vote for a candidate that is also
In Maine, Governor
Janet Mills recently signed major new abortion laws into effect. Those bills
included a deregulation bill that makes Maine only the second state in the nation,
following California, to allow abortions to be performed by physician
assistants and nurse practitioners.
required all private health insurance policies in Maine to cover abortions and
then used that mandate in the same legislation to require state Medicaid coverage
to also cover abortions as an issue of equality.
The bill to allow abortion procedures without a doctor present was opposed by some on the basis of safety, but has not been challenged with a ‘people’s veto’ effort as of yet. The bill that provides taxpayer funding of abortion is facing a people’s veto, with pro-life forces currently collecting signatures to put the matter out to voters in a referendum.
The poll was conducted via telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,009 adults over the age of 18 living in the 50 states and Washington D.C.