Gallup came out with its annual poll on whether people identify as pro-life or pro-choice:
PRINCETON, NJ -- 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.
The poll has always shown some volatility, although it's worth noting that the first data points from 1996 are 56% pro-choice and 33% pro-life, so the trend line is impossible to ignore.
I'm curious why we're seeing such a dip in people willing to identify themselves as pro-choice.
The president is the most supportive of abortion rights we've ever seen. The Secretary of Health and Human Services has declared a "war" on those who don't support abortion on demand. And the media are so in bed with Planned Parenthood that we saw their greatest supporters thanking each other for their work defaming the Susan G. Komen foundation when it dared try to avoid funding the country's largest abortion provider.
So why do these polls suggest that people are moving away from the pro-choice label when all the cool kids are embracing it?
I remember when I was younger, and identifying as pro-life, that some of my more liberal teachers explained to me that this was a settled issue and that I was the wrong side of history. It's a cliche of progressive thinkers that history always moves in one direction. But anyone who has studied life issues knows that a widespread embrace of eugenics, for instance, is not as loved as it once was by the Nazis and other political leaders in the West. Are we seeing the same turning away from abortion culture? And, if so, why?