Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Turn around on abortion

Overbrook Research’s newly released public opinion survey “Turnaround on Abortion” by Christopher Blunt and Fred Steeper

I've lifted a few graphics from the report to illustrate their findings, which look at changes in self-reported stand on abortion in Missouri from 1992 to 2006.

First of all is the overall trends. As you can see, there's been a switch from a greater self-identification as "strongly pro-choice" to a greater self-identification as "strongly pro-life".

Both men and women have become "strongly pro-life" and moved away from "strongly pro-choice", with women being more in the "strongly pro-life" camp than men.

This is seen most strongly among the younger women:

Educated people likewise have made a major shift, presumably because they're reading the newspaper and thus having their opinions changed. Though personally I think there may be a strong "been there, done that, hated it" factor here among women who bought their educations with the blood of their unborn children and have reflected on it.

The shift among Catholics was tiny, presumably because they were already largely pro-life in the first place. Protestants, on the other hand, have made a huge shift toward "strongly pro-life." But there was also a massive shift among the "other" and non-religious. In fact, this group is now where the Protestants were back in 1992.

Those who seldom or never attend religious services, likewise, have shown the biggest percentage of change toward a "strongly pro-life" position.

This is all very heartening for prolifers. Especially for those who have been demonized by their own supposed compatriots for supporting a PBA ban that, frankly, in and of itself accomplishes squat.

HT: Mother May I Be Born

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