We all do no end of feeling and we mistake it for thinking. And out
of it we get an aggregation which we consider a boon. Its name is
public opinion. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of
A NARAL poll in February showed that 88 percent of registered
voters believe abortion should be available to women.
Mother Jones Magazine, June 1980, page 18.
Abortion must remain legal, because the overwhelming majority of the
American people are pro-choice. Polls repeatedly show this attitude. We
will not allow a demonstrably small and vocal minority to force their
narrow morality onto us.
The pro-choice side has mistaken public acquiescence for public
enthusiasm ... Abortion on demand has never been popular in anything
Public opinion research expert Victoria Sackett.
At least 200 major polls on the attitudes of the American people
regarding abortion have been performed since the United States Supreme
Court's abominable 1973 decision Roe v. Wade.
It is fascinating to note that the only polls that show public
acceptance of abortion were commissioned by or performed by pro-abortion
Anyone who believes a poll conducted by a pro-abortion organization
showing support for legal abortion would probably also be gullible
enough to believe an American Tobacco Institute survey showing that
smoking is good for your health or a study done by a homosexual activist
which concluded that homosexuality is genetic.
Even some of the polls commissioned by such fanatically pro-abortion
groups as Planned Parenthood show a generally pro-life attitude in the
Pro-Abortion Tactics for Poll Manipulation.
There is no tyranny so despotic as that of public opinion among a
As every pro-life activist knows, anti-life people have no use for
the truth unless it can advance their cause. Therefore, they must
manufacture a package of lies that merely looks like 'truth.'
Unfortunately, this is a very effective tactic. The pro-abortion
strategists correctly realize that the vast majority of the American
public has a very short attention span and thinks of critical issues in
only the most superficial way.
Pro-abortion groups can obtain a pro-abortion poll response by using
one or more of four deceptive tactics;
(1) They prejudice answers by stating the pro-abortion position as
(2) They dishonestly manipulate the results;
(3) They deliberately lie about the facts; and
(4) They use prejudicial language.
These tactics are described in the following paragraphs.
Tactic #1: Stating the
Pro-Abortion Position as Fact.
The most common tactic generally used by pro-abortion groups is to
preordain public response by stating the pro-abortion position as
Several excellent examples of this tactic were displayed in the
January 1988 poll conducted by the National Abortion Rights Action
Two of NARAL's poll questions, and the results they elicited, are
RESULTS OF NARAL ABORTION POLL QUESTIONS WITH A PRO-ABORTION SLANT
Question: "Abortion is a private issue between a woman, her
family, and her doctor. The government should not be involved. Do you
agree or disagree?"
Agree: 78 percent
Disagree: 22 percent
Question: "Since nobody really knows for certain when life
begins, people should follow their own moral convictions and religious
teachings on the abortion issue. Do you agree or disagree?"
Agree: 68 percent
Disagree: 32 percent
Of course, this tactic can work for any viewpoint, as demonstrated in
a 1985 Planned Parenthood Federation poll conducted by Louis Harris and
associates. Included among the poll questions were two examples of bias
in a pro-life direction. These questions inevitably yielded pro-life
RESULTS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD ABORTION POLL QUESTIONS WITH A
Question: "The life of a baby is just as important as the life
of a mother, so abortions should be banned."
Agree: 46 percent
Disagree: 35 percent
Undecided: 19 percent
Question: "To perform an abortion, even during the first three
months of pregnancy, is the equivalent of murder, because a fetus'
life has been eliminated."
Agree: 55 percent
Disagree: 42 percent
Undecided: 3 percent
It is interesting that even a Planned Parenthood poll reveals
the reality a pro-life America regardless of whether the word 'baby' or
'fetus' is used.
Tactic #2: Dishonestly
Manipulating the Results.
Deception By NARAL. The pro-abortion people love to twist numbers
around to suit themselves. To paraphrase an ancient saying, "There
are three kinds of lies lies, damned lies, and NARAL statistics."
For example, the January 1988 NARAL poll mentioned previously had a
third question that asked when abortion should be allowable. The
Question: "Abortion should be allowed;"
Under any conditions 39%
Only for certain conditions 49%
For no reasons at all
The category "only under certain conditions" included the
classic "hard cases" of rape, incest, and severe fetal
So what did NARAL do? It simply added the first two categories
together and trumpeted that "88 percent of all people are
pro-choice." This naturally gives the average person the impression
that 88 percent of all people want abortion on demand kept legal, which
is precisely the effect that the dishonest NARAL people wanted.
A graphical representation of this statistical chicanery is shown
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NARAL and the National Abortion Federation (NAF, which also conducts
its own opinion polls) know that most Americans are very uneasy about
the idea of unlimited abortion. So they simply lump together those who
would allow abortions for numerous exceptions (which is essentially
abortion on demand) with those who would allow it only to save
the life of the mother, or for rape and incest.
In other words, those who support abortion only for the "hard
cases" (which represent only one percent of all abortions) are
considered identical to those who would support all but a few abortions
(say for sex selection).
This is hardly scientific polling. It is rather like asking "do
you favor jail terms for crimes?" with only three possible
responses: Yes, no, and under certain circumstances. The results of such
polls are useless for any scientific purpose; indeed, their only
possible use is as propaganda.
Conclusion. Dr. Jack Willke, former president of the National Right
to Life Committee, has said that he would fit under the definition of
'pro-choice' promulgated by these pro-aborts, as would most other
hard-core pro-life activists who allow exceptions only to save the life
of the mother and this category would also include Pope John Paul II!
Tactic #3: Lying About the
Is America "Pro-Choice?" It is absolutely true that major
national polls have shown that the American public is
"pro-choice." However, we must ask ourselves the essential
HOW DO THEY DEFINE 'PRO-CHOICE?'
One of the ways that pro-abortion groups can elicit a pro-abortion,
or "pro-choice" response is by deliberately lying in the
questions that they pose to respondents. Two examples of these 'lying
polls' are described below.
As any pro-life activist knows, abortion is legal throughout all nine
months of pregnancy. Any major city has abortion clinics advertising in
the Yellow Pages for abortions to 22 weeks, 24 weeks, and even 28 weeks.
The June 24-27, 1983 Gallup Poll asked the following question, which
flatly lied about the primary conclusion of the Roe v. Wade
Question: "The United States Supreme Court has ruled that a
woman may go to a doctor to end her pregnancy at any time during the
first three months of pregnancy. Do you favor or oppose this
Favor: 50 percent
Oppose: 43 percent
No Opinion: 7 percent
Some pro-life activists have reported that if they reword the
question to reflect the truth that abortion is legal right up to birth
the response will be more than 90 percent pro-life every time. Virtually
everyone is ignorant of the hideous reality of abortion far beyond
viability the 40 to 50 third-trimester abortions performed every day.
This belief was backed up by a 1992 national Parade Magazine
poll showing that 72% of all respondents believed that abortion should
be illegal beyond the third month, regardless of reason.
A "pro-choice" answer may also be extorted by deliberately
lying about the pro-life position. For example, no pro-life organization
or individual has seriously stated that a woman who obtains an abortion
should be prosecuted for murder.
But the Gallup Poll of June 19-22, 1981, stated such a lie as fact
in its opening query;
Question: "The United States Congress is considering a law
which would declare that human life begins at conception, and
therefore abortion at any time could be considered a crime of murder.
Would you favor or oppose such a law?"
Favor: 50 percent
Oppose: 43 percent
No opinion: 7 percent
Notice that even lies don't always work; the response to the above
query was pro-life!
Of course, taking a survey is a lot of trouble, and can be very
expensive. Some media organizations simply make a pro-abortion statement
as fact, and try to make their articles look authoritative.
One good example is an article in the September 13, 1989 USA Today.
An article on page 3A trumpeted that "Black Women Support 'Roe.'"
What was the size of the sample population they examined to arrive at
this conclusion? Exactly four women including Faye Wattleton,
then-president of Planned Parenthood and Patricia Tyson of the
'Religious' Coalition for Abortion Rights!
A May 1990 Wirthlin poll revealed that 52 percent of Americans who
initially call themselves "pro-choice" modify their stands
when questioned further.
All Americans who refer to themselves as "pro-choice"
actually have the following attitudes towards abortion;
RESULTS OF THE MAY 1990 WIRTHLIN POLL ON ABORTION
Abortion should be totally
Abortion should be allowed to save
the life of the mother
Abortion should be allowed to save
the life of the mother and for rape and
Abortion should be allowed for any
In other words, only half of all Americans who initially refer to
themselves as "pro-choice" actually have a genuine thought-out
pro-abortion position. The rest of all respondents could be called
'pro-life' or 'pro-life with exceptions.'
Bringing in the Abortion Pill.
The National Abortion Federation recognizes the utility of lying to
the public in all areas relating to abortion. For example, the NAF and
other abortion pushers have managed to convince a large segment of the
American public that the RU-486 abortion pill is just another
The reason for this subterfuge is simple: The NAF knows that
Americans are more comfortable with birth control than they are with
abortion. As one NAF writer confided;
When polls have been conducted on RU-486, the new French Pill, the
results very depending on how the question is asked. If RU-486 is
referred to as an "abortion pill," it has significantly less
support than if it is called a new form of birth control. In many
polls, the description can change support by as much as 15-20 points
and determine if a majority of those polled are in favor of the
Tactic #4: Using
Nietzsche once said that Jedes Wort ist eine Vorurteil
"Every word is a prejudice." Nowhere is this axiom more true
than in the field of public opinion polls.
Of course, the answer to any question is heavily dependent upon how
the question itself is framed.
In an experimental poll conducted jointly in 1980 by the New York
Times and CBS News, hundreds of persons polled showed themselves to
be simultaneously for and against a Human Life Amendment, as shown
below. The key words, which heavily slant opinion, are emphasized in
Question: "Do you think that there should be an amendment to
the Constitution prohibiting abortion?"
Agree: 29 percent
Disagree: 62 percent
Question: "Do you believe there should be a constitutional
amendment protecting the life of the unborn child?"
Agree: 50 percent
Disagree: 39 percent
Of course, this type of chicanery is not restricted to the issue of
In 1989 and 1990, there was a nasty fight over funding for the
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), after the organization had used
tax dollars to fund such 'works' as Andres Serrano's photograph of a
crucifix dipped in urine and Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs of
After a public outcry that demanded that funding be withdrawn from
such trash, Norman Lear's People for the American Way conducted a poll
that 'showed' that 68% of all Americans approve of unrestricted NEA
The question they asked was: "Do you think that government
funding to avant-garde or leading-edge artists should be stopped because
a few people feel their work is controversial?"
The response would obviously have been far different if the
question's language had been prejudiced in the opposite direction:
"Do you approve of your tax dollars being used to pay for repulsive
and bigoted trash masquerading as art, such as a photograph of a
crucifix being dipped in urine and another of a man with a bullwhip
stuck up his rectum?"
The Most Reliable Polls Finally, the Truth!
What we call public opinion is generally public sentiment.
British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
The most accurate indicator of public opinion is a multiple-answer
question that requires the respondent to think in depth about his or her
answer. The question must be taken from a very large and varied sample,
and must not use prejudicial words, lie, or state as fact anything that
may be mere opinion. The Hippocrates/Gallup poll posed the
multiple-choice question shown below.
The poll conducted by Hippocrates was extremely rigorous in
its standards of selection. An extremely large and varied opinion sample
was compiled, and special efforts were taken to insure that the
questions posed were non-prejudicial in their wording. It is interesting
to note that option (4) reveals what pro-life activists have known all
along that two-thirds of Americans disagree with the current
situation in this country: abortion on demand for any reason whatsoever.
This attitude is confirmed by the NORC attitude tracking poll described
RESULTS OF THE HIPPOCRATES MAGAZINE POLL ON ABORTION
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setting is recommended, otherwise, the tables may be discombobulated.]
Question: "Do you think abortion is
To protect the mother from
When major birth defects
When there is a 50% chance
the baby will have a
At the mother's discretion,
To limit a family's
Under no circumstances,
including rape and
Reference. "Where America Draws the
Line." Hippocrates Magazine, May/June 1988.
Attitude Tracking Polls.
The most useful type of poll to activists on both sides of the
abortion issue is not the 'snapshot' poll which records attitudes in a
frozen instant in time, but the identical, well-constructed poll that is
administered in an unchanging manner for year after year. This type of
"attitude tracking" poll yields critical information on how
the nation's attitudes are changing.
If it is to be reliable, a tracking poll must fulfill four
(1) The poll must sample a large and varied portion of the
(2) The poll must be administered at regular intervals in an
(3) The poll must consist of questions that are free of prejudicial
language and attempts to 'lead' the respondent, as described above,
(4) The poll must somewhat limit the available answers in order to
eliminate confusion and an excess of contradictory responses. For
example, "After divorce" would not be an appropriate
response to the question "When does life begin?"
The NORC Attitude Tracking Poll.
The National Opinion Research Center has conducted attitude tracking
polls on abortion since 1972. The results of all of the years of the
poll are shown below.
RESULTS OF THE NATIONAL OPINION RESEARCH CENTER ATTITUDE TRACKING
POLL ON ABORTION
KEY: The primary question asked was; "Do you think abortion
should remain legal for the following cases?"
Case #1: Woman's health seriously endangered
Case #2: Woman was raped
Case #3: Strong chance of serious fetal defect
Case #4: Woman can't afford any more children
Case #5: Woman is not married
Case #6: Woman wants no more children
Reference: National Opinion Research
Center's General Social Surveys, described in Victoria Sackett.
"Split Verdict: What Americans Think About Abortion." Policy
Review, Spring 1985, pages 18 and 19.
Public Opinions On the 'Hard Cases.'
As shown above, the question asked the respondent if abortion should
be allowed in each of six instances, including three 'hard' cases and
three 'soft' cases.
The poll shows that a large majority of the public would approve of
abortion in the cases of serious danger to the mother's health, rape,
and serious fetal defect.
This many seem like a triumph to the pro-abortionists, until one
realizes that the percentage of abortions performed for these 'hard
cases' are as follows;
PERCENTAGE OF 'HARD CASES' AMONG ALL ABORTIONS
Mother's life and
health: 0.13% (1 out
0.06% (1 out of 1,667)
(eugenics): 0.24% (1
out of 417)
0.43% (1 out of 233)
Reference: For backup calculations and
documentation on these figures, see Chapter 87, "Statistics on
In other words, Americans generally approve of less than one-half
of one percent of all abortions!
Put another way, if given the chance to vote on the subject,
Americans would ban 99.5% of all abortions performed in this country
The statistics regarding the incredibly small number of abortions
performed for the 'hard' cases may seem utterly unbelievable at first,
but they are nevertheless true, and backed up by numbers given by the
For detailed references, see Chapter 87, "Statistics on
Overestimating Small Probabilities.
One of the reasons that public opinion may be skewed toward the
'pro-choice' position is that Americans tend to grossly overestimate the
probability of occurrence of catastrophic or unfavorable events in all
fields, including abortion.
An August 1990 Wirthlin Group survey of 2,000 voters nationwide
showed that 47% believe that there are less than 500,000 abortions per
year, as opposed to the actual number of 1.6 million. Respondents also
said that an average of 46 percent of all abortions are performed to
save the life of the mother and for rape and incest an overestimation of
Since most people overestimate the percentage of 'hard case'
abortions by a factor of 250, it is no surprise that they would want to
keep abortion legal in order to remedy the perceived 'epidemic' of
rapes, cases of incest, deformed babies, and life-threatening
Of course, it is to the pro-abort's best advantage to keep women
ignorant about abortion, and it is to their best advantage also to keep
the public ignorant about the facts of abortion.
They have certainly done a good job of it.
The Doctors Have Their Say.
It is interesting to compare the attitude of doctors regarding
abortion to that of the general public.
A 1985 survey of 1,300 obstetricians/ gynecologists by the American
College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) revealed that only 36
percent felt that personal choice or socioeconomic criteria were
acceptable reasons for obtaining an abortion. Generally accepted reasons
for abortion were rape and incest, fetal defects, and serious health
risks enough to endanger life.
Therefore, obstetricians and gynecologists appear to regard abortion
in approximately the same light as the general public, even though this
group includes the 'doctors' who commit the abortions.
This result is not surprising. Physicians themselves have commented
on how difficult it is to get young physicians to perform abortions,
because abortionists have an appalling reputation as society's
garbagemen people who dispose of unwanted human beings.
Although they are considered 'untouchables' or near-pariahs by their
peers, abortionists are protected, because their repulsive 'services'
are considered by many to be necessary for a healthy society.
Gallup Attitude Tracking Poll.
The tracking poll shown in Figure 76-1 has been compiled in
essentially the same format every two years since 1968. This tracking
poll yields interesting information on the attitudes of Americans toward
abortion. Once again, it shows that most of Americans believe that life
begins at conception.
THE GALLUP ATTITUDE TRACKING POLL ON ABORTION
Question: "Some people feel that human
life begins at the moment of conception. Others feel that human life
does not begin until the baby is actually born. Do you, yourself, feel
that human life begins at conception, at the time of birth, or at some
point in between? If you feel that human life begins sometime between
conception and birth, when do you feel that it begins?"
Life Beating Birth
Up to $20,000
Up to $25,000
2,500 to 49,999
Reference: The Gallup Poll, Princeton, New
Jersey, May 8 to 11, 1981.
Note that women are, in general, more pro-life than men. Democrats
are more pro-life than Republicans(!), those who live in small towns are
more pro-life than those in the cities, and the poor are more pro-life
than the rich.
These and other polls have shown that four to six percent of
respondents approve of abortions even in the third trimester past
viability even for the "soft" case of a woman who simply did
not want any more children. These people are hardened pro-abortion
activists, and probably members of an organization like the National
Organization for Women (NOW) or the National Abortion Rights Action
Keep in mind the linchpin of their psychology: They literally cannot
admit that any abortions are wrong, because this confession would
chip away at all abortions and would cause them to indirectly admit
culpability for the slaughter.
It is very useful to challenge pro-abortionists on these points
during a debate to show just how fanatical they really are. Naturally,
they will attempt to duck the question by diverting attention to some
Many conclusions can be drawn from these attitude tracking polls, but
the most important of all is that;
AMERICA IS BECOMING INEXORABLY MORE PRO-LIFE BY ABOUT ONE
PERCENTAGE POINT PER YEAR, DESPITE THE PRO-ABORTS' MOST FRANTIC
The Results of Other Major
In order to put one more nail in the 'pro-choice America' coffin, it
is useful to examine the results of two of the most rigorous abortion
polls ever executed in the United States.
The results of these polls are shown below.
RESULTS OF THE MARCH 27-29, 1989 BOSTON GLOBE/WBZ-TV PUBLIC
OPINION POLL ON ABORTION
Question: "In this case, do you think it
should be legal or illegal for a woman to obtain an abortion?"
Abortion Should Be;
Fetus not the desired
As a means of birth
Father unwilling to help
The woman is a
Wrong time in life to have a
Woman cannot afford a
Pregnancy would cause too
Mother wants abortion but
Father wants abortion but
Pregnancy resulting from
Pregnancy resulting from
Woman's physical health
Saving the life of a
This poll is very revealing. Among other things, it shows that the
large majority of Americans believe that husbands should have veto power
over their wive's abortions.
RESULTS OF THE CONNECTICUT MUTUAL LIFE PUBLIC OPINION POLL ON
Question: "Do you believe abortion is morally wrong, or is it
not a moral issue?"
Level of Religious Commitment
Reference. Connecticut Mutual Life. National
Survey: American Values in the 80's. Chapter Three: "The New
Political Issues: Morality in America." Table 36, "Factors
Affecting Perceived Morality of Abortion."
Why the 'Ambivalence?'
Many polls show that a large segment of the American public (anywhere
from 25 percent to 40 percent, depending upon the survey) believe that
abortion is murder and that it is immoral, but they still believe that
it should be available to women. This is analogous to a person putting
"KEEP ABORTION SAFE AND LEGAL" and "ABORTION KILLS
CHILDREN" bumperstickers side-by-side on his car. But nobody in
their right mind would do such a thing, because they realize how
schizoid such an action would make them look to other people.
The major media refer to this as 'the deep ambivalence of the
American public over abortion,' implying that many people support the
'rape, incest and me' exceptions to abortion.
This seems to reflect an ingrained public hypocrisy on the issue, but
the question is not this simple.
On the Role of God.
In addition to being schizophrenic on the moral issue on abortion,
Americans have split their ethics and their actions in other critical
areas as well.
For example, a study of a half-century of opinion polling in America
entitled "The Rational Public" shows that 58 percent of all
Americans believe that homosexual acts should be legal but that 80
percent feel homosexuality is wrong.
Why do Americans feel that abortion and homosexuality are wrong, but
are willing to let these activities be legal, and therefore allow them
to enjoy our society's stamp of approval?
The answer is fundamental and very simple to explain. Americans want
society to function in the same manner that they hope God
According to James Patterson and Peter Kim, authors of the book The
Day America Told the Truth, over 90 percent of all Americans believe
in God. This huge percentage leads media organs to declare that
"America is one of the most religious nations on Earth."
If this is true, why is our country in such deplorable condition
morally and ethically?
Because although people believe in God, they simply ignore Him when
making moral decisions. Religion plays almost no role whatever in the
formulating of personal views and morality.
While it is true that the vast majority of Americans believe in God,
the God they believe in is a merciful, wimpy God who would never condemn
anyone to Hell. This is why a recent major Gallup Poll found that only
10 percent of all Americans said that their faith made a
"discernable difference in their lives."
In other words, people believe in God but have no use for His rules.
Only ten percent of Americans believe in the Ten Commandments, and even
less live by them. And more than eighty percent of all Americans
believe that it is all right not to believe in God.
The practical result of this type of thinking is obvious. Americans
hope that God will not condemn them for committing acts that He has
specifically labeled as sinful. Therefore, they model society after the
way they hope God operates and see no inconsistency in having a
society not condemn behaviors that most of its members believe
More Categories of Belief.
The 'ambivalence' of the American public on abortion is also hard to
explain if one assumes only three categories of opinion on abortion
support, opposition, or 'undecided.'
James Davison Hunter, Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at
the University of Virginia and an expert in public opinion polling, sees
more than two dimensions to public feelings about abortion. In other
words, it is not sufficient to merely draw a line between
"opposed" and "supportive" and find a point on the
line that fits the individual.
His classification of respondents into four instead of two categories
helps explain such paradoxes as the majority of people who believe that
abortion is murder, but who want to keep the practice legal. To these
four general categories must be added the two smaller groups who
actually clash in the abortion battle.
These six categories are listed and described below.
(1) The "Solid Pro-Life." These people believe that
abortion is murder and that life begins at the instant of conception.
People in this category who are new to the debate may in some cases
accept the "hard cases" that make up less than one percent
of all abortions i.e., mother's life, rape and incest, and serious
fetal deformity but agonize over the obvious inconsistencies that such
an attitude presents. They would not consider an abortion for
themselves. These are the people who are most likely to be driven to
action by their philosophy, and they make up the vast majority of
(2) The "Secretly Pro-Life." These people believe that
life begins at conception, but generally do not believe that abortion
is murder. Therefore, they find it easier to accept abortion for rape,
incest and fetal deformities, and would probably consider an abortion
for themselves or a close friend (i.e., the "rape, incest and
me" exceptions). These people label usually themselves
"neutral" or "moderately pro-choice" on the issue.
They do not like to be publicly identified as "pro-life,"
because they perceive that this would lump them in with people who are
very much different from them people they might find repugnant.
(3) The "Conveniently Pro-Life." These people believe
that life begins at conception and that abortion is murder. However,
they generally make more exceptions that those who are "secretly
pro-life," and would more probably either have or consider an
abortion for themselves. These people label themselves
"moderately pro-life" or "strongly pro-life,"
meaning that they believe that they are pro-life, but they are in
(4) The "Reticent Pro-Choice." These people consider
themselves "neutral" or "moderately pro-choice" on
the abortion issue, and believe that abortion should be available for
any reason until the point of viability. They believe that abortion
involves the killing of human life, but are not willing to embrace the
pro-life position because they believe that freedom is a 'higher
good.' In other words, they are "pro-choice by default."
(5) The "Personally Opposed Pro-Choice." These people are
the opposite of the "convenient pro-life" because they are
pro-choice in philosophy but pro-life in practice. In other words,
they voice support for abortion but are very unlikely to have one
themselves. They believe that life begins at viability and that
abortion is not murder even after this point.
(6) The "Solid Pro-Choice." These people believe that the
debate over when life begins is irrelevant to the abortion issue. They
instead focus their attention on relative degree of rights. Because of
these beliefs, they generally support abortion for any reason until
viability and beyond (although they are reluctant to say so). These
are the people who are most likely to put their 'pro-choice' beliefs
into action, because they see themselves as defenders of women's
rights. These people are much more likely to favor abortion for any
reason including for sex selection and for birth control are much more
likely to favor euthanasia, and, according to Gallup polls, are more
likely to favor the death penalty. This split between
"liberalism" and "Neoliberalism" is buttressed by
the results of extensive surveys that show pro-lifers in general being
more concerned about social issues child abuse, drug abuse,
alcoholism, homelessness, hunger, racism, and even overpopulation than
pro-abortionists. In fact, according to Gallup polls, pro-lifers are
much more likely to oppose the death penalty than
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 Public opinion research expert Victoria Sackett, Public
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"Homophobia Runs Deep in U.S." The Oregonian, February
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this article, the authors of the book The Day America Told the Truth:
What People Really Believe About Everything That Really Matters
summarize the attitude of Americans toward God.
 James Davison Hunter. "What Americans Really Think About
Abortion." First Things, June/July 1992, pages 13 to 21.
Further Reading: Public Opinion Polls.
Raymond J. Adamek, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Kent State
University. "Abortion and Public Opinion in the United
This superb 16-page analysis of public opinion polls on abortion is
the best available, and can be ordered from the National Right to Life
Educational Trust Fund, 419 7th Street NW, Suite 402, Washington, DC
20004. Telephone: (202) 626-8809.
Roger Rosenblatt. Life Itself: Abortion in the American Mind.
New York: Random House. 1992, 195 pages. The author approaches the
killing of 5,000 babies every day by insisting that we should
"learn to live with conflicted feelings on abortion." He
describes the history of abortion and compares how other societies have
dealt with it. The entire book is an appeal to the 'middle ground' in
this issue and the author seems to be contemptuous of the 'extremists'
on both sides and believes that they should be disenfranchised. This, of
course, would not hurt the pro-aborts one bit, because they already have
what they want. Rosenblatt describes our society as it will inevitably
become unless pro-lifers can make an impression: Comfortable with any
kind of Holocaust that does not affect relatives or immediate family
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