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Rasmussen: Just 36% now identify as pro-life, 54% as pro-choice

posted at 4:28 pm on January 28, 2013 by

An obligatory follow-up to last week’s great debate over abortion polling. I would have put this on the main page if not for the fact that Ras’s cross-tabs are reg-walled, which means all we have to go on here is the topline data.

But the trend in that data is interesting. In January 2012, 49 percent called themselves pro-choice versus 43 percent who identified as pro-life. Eleven months later, as of a week after the presidential election, that six-point gap had more than doubled: Now it was 54 percent pro-choice and 38 percent pro-life. Today it’s 54 percent pro-choice and just 36 percent pro-life. Maybe that slight further dip among pro-lifers is just statistical noise vis-a-vis the last poll, but even if so, it goes to show that the Akin/Mourdock fiascos really did take a bite from the pro-life cause and may not be done biting yet.

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We were going over some broad polling data in a Bible study the other day concerning a shift from people calling themselves Christian to people calling themselves of no religion or agnostic. The presentation in the news was that Christianity was faltering in the public/with people, but deeper introspection saw that the way the polling was divided up, it’s more likely that most of the people who now call themselves of no religion or agnostic were nominal or name only Christians previously… and frankly, if you’re nominal or a CINO, the only person you’re fooling is yourself. The polling of strong Christians has probably shrunk, but I suspect has largely stayed about the same over the decades. Bell curves and all that.

So, just as with this abortion poll, if indeed this trend holds true, then it’s nothing more than a sign that the comments of Akin and Mourdock shook loose the individuals who thought they were pro-life but really weren’t.

If you’re pro-life, you don’t come by it easily nor do you leave it easily in one fell swoop… but the opposite does often happen. People wake up and become pro-life after having been pro-choice.

Logus on January 29, 2013 at 1:07 AM

So, just as with this abortion poll, if indeed this trend holds true, then it’s nothing more than a sign that the comments of Akin and Mourdock shook loose the individuals who thought they were pro-life but really weren’t.

If you’re pro-life, you don’t come by it easily nor do you leave it easily in one fell swoop…

Logus on January 29, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Totally agree. Punishing unborn children for the words of politicians flies in the face of all that the pro-life movement stands for. Either those people weren’t really pro-life before, or this poll is off.

But about the poll…things have gotten a whole lot uglier since the election. The pure hatred people are expressing for Christians, for traditional values, and for anything remotely associated with those things (like the Republican Party or even America as she was pre-2008) is reaching bizarre levels (rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth, we-must-have-blood, no-shred-of-logic-behind-the-ferocity-of-the-outlash levels–not unlike the nonsensical hatred that is regularly expressed toward Israel, come to think of it). I have a feeling common decency and wisdom would poll badly, too.

I’m thinking we’re getting a taste of a truth that our culture has largely been protected from until now: that “the world” will hate Christians and their values, just like the world hated Jesus in His time.

butterflies and puppies on January 29, 2013 at 4:04 AM

How can a couple of misstatements by 2nd- or third-tier pro-life politicians can sway millions toward keeping murder legal?

itsnotaboutme on January 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

It will not… Pro-life people are very principled and they will not become abortionist because of two idiotic statements from Akin/Murdoch… Allahpunidt is making stupid analysis and he does very often…

mnjg on January 28, 2013 at 11:09 PM

You give too much credit to the general public.

Those involved with saving kids’ lives are indeed principled, but most folks who put The Simpsons on pause to answer the phone survey are as fickle as the wind.

itsnotaboutme on January 29, 2013 at 6:31 AM

We were going over some broad polling data in a Bible study the other day concerning a shift from people calling themselves Christian to people calling themselves of no religion or agnostic. The presentation in the news was that Christianity was faltering in the public/with people, but deeper introspection saw that the way the polling was divided up, it’s more likely that most of the people who now call themselves of no religion or agnostic were nominal or name only Christians previously… and frankly, if you’re nominal or a CINO, the only person you’re fooling is yourself. The polling of strong Christians has probably shrunk, but I suspect has largely stayed about the same over the decades. Bell curves and all that.

So, just as with this abortion poll, if indeed this trend holds true, then it’s nothing more than a sign that the comments of Akin and Mourdock shook loose the individuals who thought they were pro-life but really weren’t.

Logus on January 29, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Yes, indeed.

The same is true of public approval for homosexual marriage.

They’re all linked, of course.
To be Christian is to be pro-life.
To be Christian is to oppose homosexual marriage.

itsnotaboutme on January 29, 2013 at 6:36 AM

itsnotaboutme on January 29, 2013 at 6:36 AM

.
You should enlighten the Anti-Catholic Catholics of this mantra.

and, Good Luck with that.

FlaMurph on January 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Believe what you want to believe.

Just keep the govt out of it. Americans don’t want the govt to be in charge of pregnancy and it is never happening.

SO many people waste so much time on something that is never going to happen.

Moesart on January 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Moesart.

Let me guess, you’re a lib-tard-tarian?

avgjo on January 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

They’re all linked, of course.
To be Christian is to be pro-life.
To be Christian is to oppose homosexual marriage.

itsnotaboutme on January 29, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Not linked. Those two things don’t belong in the same paragraph.

bmmg39 on January 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Not linked. Those two things don’t belong in the same paragraph.

bmmg39 on January 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM

You don’t belong in this discussion.

MelonCollie on January 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

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