As I mentioned yesterday, what Americans believe is moral does not always align with what they feel should be legal. Abortion polling reflects this differentiation in the American electorate.
|Source: 2013, Gallup|
Fully 78% of Americans support legalized abortion in some or all circumstances. The minority opposing abortion in all circumstances has remained fairly static at between 12% and 23% since Gallup began tracking this question in 1975.
|Graph courtesy of 2013, Gallup|
So, that must mean only 1 in 5 Americans view themselves as pro-life, right? Think again. While 78% of Americans support some form of legalized abortion, 48% of Americans view themselves as pro-life. What Americans feel is moral -for themselves or perhaps even for others- does not always align with how they would vote in terms of the legality of an issue.