Gallup: Support for Planned Parenthood Drops

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, right, applauds introduces Clinton during a campaign rally at Burford Garner Elementary School, on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in North Liberty, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The annual Gallup poll of social issues shows a slim majority — 47 percent — of Americans consider themselves “pro-choice.” That’s down 3 percent from last year, while those who call themselves “pro-life” grew from 44 percent to 46 percent.

Forty-three percent say abortion is morally acceptable as opposed to 47 percent think it is morally wrong.  Fifty-five percent of Americans are “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with U.S. policies on abortion. “Very dissatisfied” jumped 9 points from 24 percent to 33 percent in the last year alone. In 1993,

Americans increasing look askance at Planned Parenthood. In 1993, a huge majority — 81 percent — of Americans thought highly of the abortion giant. That is down to 59 percent this year. The video expose released last year showing Planned Parenthood personnel negotiating to sell fetal baby-parts may play a roll in the drop.

On other moral issues, Americans love birth control — 89 percent, divorce — 72 percent, unmarried sex — 67 percent, gambling — 67 percent and gay relationships — 60 percent.

While Americans largely approve of medical testing on human embryos — 60 percent — they take a dimmer view of medical testing on animals — 53 percent.

Only 37 percent of Americans think sex between teens is “largely unacceptable,” and only 34 percent find pornography “largely unacceptable.”


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