Gallup: Support For Making Abortion Illegal Growing Fastest Among Young Adults

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Gallup is out with a new poll on abortion which shows that the percentage of young adults who believe that abortion should be illegal under all circumstances has jumped from 14%-23%.

Two important changes are apparent. One is a significant drop in the percentage of seniors saying all abortions should be illegal. This fell from 32% in the earliest years of the trend to 16% in the first half of the 1990s, but has since rebounded somewhat to 21%. This long-term 11-point decline among seniors compares with a 9-point increase — from 14% to 23% — in support for the “illegal in all circumstances” position among 18- to 29-year-olds since the early 1990s.

As a result, 18- to 29-year-olds are now roughly tied with seniors as the most likely of all age groups to hold this position on abortion — although all four groups are fairly close in their views. This is a sharp change from the late 1970s, when seniors were substantially more likely than younger age groups to want abortion to be illegal.

Take a well-deserved bow pro-lifers:  with academia, the media and entertainment almost solidly against you, you are making headway.  Future historians will find it astounding that a movement so despised by “elite” opinion could prevail.

5 Responses to Gallup: Support For Making Abortion Illegal Growing Fastest Among Young Adults

  1. And, of course, 18-29 year olds were all born post Roe. One would assume this means that 18-29 years olds disproportionately grew up in pro-life families, compared to older groups, since a million a year of their age-mates never made it.

  2. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Good point Darwin. The pro-aborts are the only political movement I can think of in history dedicated to the right to exterminate their off-spring. We may be beginning to see the impact of their success in thinning their numbers.

  3. Kurt says:

    I hope the pro-life movement takes all of this survey research to heart. The evidence also is that pro-lifers will not capitalize on this new support from young people unless they dramatically change the way they present the pro-life movement. These young people are more pro-life but they are not ghettoized. They have friends, family and even spouses who are politically pro-choice.

    They don’t hate their “pro-choice” friends. They don’t call them “babykillers.” They accept that good people can tragically misunderstand the public policy aspects of this issue.

    And they don’t have a very high opinion of the Right-to-Life Movement.

    And these young pro-lifers are more likely to be minorities and children of immigrants than older pro-lifers. They don’t have as kind of a view of the Republican Party as others.

  4. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Kurt, do you have any evidence to back up any of your assertions? I say that not in a critical way but simply out of curiosity. The pro-life kids I know usually have a high opinion of pro-lifers who have been fighting this uphill battle for decades.

  5. restrainedradical says:

    Kurt just described me, more or less.

    I’d also point out that the number of pro-lifers grew at the expense of the pro-choicers, not the middle-grounders. I’ve noticed that a lot of the bleeding-heart youth today sit on the fence when it comes to abortion. It’s a good sign when liberals don’t mind restricting abortions.

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