The new Values and Beliefs annual survey, conducted in May by Gallup, has found that 51 percent of Americans call themselves "pro-life" on the issue of abortion and 42 percent call themselves "pro-choice." Seven percent had no opinion. This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking the question in 1995.
A year ago, 50 percent said they were pro-choice and 44 percent said they were pro-life. Additionally, a recent national survey by the Pew Research Center reported an eight percentage-point decline since last August in those saying abortion should be legal in all or most cases, from 54 percent to 46 percent. Those saying abortion should be legal in only a few or no cases increased from 41 percent to 44 percent.