According to the latest polling by Gallup, Americans are almost the most polarized they have ever been on identifying as “pro-choice” versus “pro-life.”
The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves “pro-life,” one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009.
Not surprisingly, the increase in change from a “pro-choice” to “pro-life” position occurred primarily among those who identify as Republican — a change of 4 percent — and those who identified as Independent — a shift of 10 percent.
But when it comes to the issue of birth control, there is near unanimous consent among respondents — birth control is just fine, even if you are Catholic.
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Eighty-two percent of U.S. Catholics say birth control is morally acceptable, nearing the 89% of all Americans and 90% of non-Catholics who agree. The level of acceptability on this issue is far greater than that of the other 17 issues Gallup asked about this year.
At least there is still one thing almost everyone can agree on.