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Published On: Mon, Jun 13th, 2016

Gallup poll: 47% say abortion is morally wrong, 43% disagree

A new Gallup poll reports that more Americans view abortion as morally wrong than morally acceptable. Overall, abortion was rated morally wrong by 47% of respondents, while 43% said it was morally acceptable.

Nine percent of Americans polled think it depends on the situation and two percent had no opinion.

“There has been little to no change in the past 15 years,” on the abortion issue, Gallup reported. The number of Americans morally opposed to abortion ranged from 44% at the lowest point since Gallup first began its annual moral acceptability poll in 2001, to a high of 56% during that same time.

pro-life poster

pro-life poster

Significant differences in moral acceptability of abortion were reflected in the poll respondents’ political party identification.

Sixty-two percent of Democrats are okay with abortion morally, while just 24% of Republicans said the same. Independents were split at 44%.

“Americans’ willingness to describe many issues as morally acceptable has grown since 2001,” Gallup states, “namely for gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between unmarried people.”

Check out the full Gallup report

Church militant attacked the Catholic Church and the Catholics’ performance on the poll:

“When the question was asked if each of the following practices was morally acceptable, here is the percentage of Catholics who said yes.

  • Abortion: 38%
  • Doctor-assisted suicide: 47%
  • Out of wedlock childbirth: 59%
  • Homosexual relationships: 62%

“In each of those categories, Catholics came in worse than Protestants. Catholics are actually more immoral in their moral views than Protestants. Are you listening, shepherds of the flock?

Participants in the "March for life" walk along Concord Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, photo Michael Stansberry via wikimedia commons

Participants in the “March for life” walk along Concord Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, photo Michael Stansberry via wikimedia commons

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