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  Gallup poll on abortion: 'Pro-choice' position hits record low
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News DateFriday, May 25, 2012 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe percentage of Americans who say they are “pro-choice” reached a record low, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, but the political impact of the new data remain unclear given the volatile nature of the abortion issue.

According to Gallup, 41% identified themselves as “pro-choice,” while 50% said they were “pro-life.” The poll , conducted May 3 to May 6, was based on a sample of 1,024 adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Both results are records. The “pro-choice” position is down from 47% last July and 1 percentage point lower than the previous record. In 2006, 51% of Americans described themselves as “pro-choice.”

The latest results show a shift among people when asked about their label on the issue. But views of the legality of abortion have remained constant over the years.
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