Gallup: Americans Remain Divided on Abortion

Thursday, 22 May 2014 05:12 PM

By Todd Beamon

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While Americans remain clearly divided over the issue of abortion, they appear to be unconcerned about whether control of Congress should be split between parties, new Gallup polls reveal.

On abortion, 47 percent of 1,028 adults polled May 8-11 said they were pro-choice — only 1 percentage point more than those who described themselves as pro-life.

The survey also found that 50 percent of women and those who were 18 to 34 years old of both sexes identified themselves as pro-choice, while 51 percent of men and 50 percent of Americans 55 and older were pro-life.

Middle-aged Americans remained evenly split on the issue, Gallup found.

In addition, the poll found that 24 percent of the pro-life voters said they would only support political candidates who share their views. That compared with only 16 percent of the pro-choice voters.

Regarding which political party should control Congress, Gallup found that 36 percent of those polled April 24-30 said that it is better to have control split between Republicans and Democrats.

That compared with 32 percent who favored the same party controlling the House and Senate and 24 percent who said it did not matter. Gallup queried 1,336 registered voters in the survey.

Republicans have controlled the House since 2011, while Democrats were swept into the power in the Senate in 2010.

The GOP needs to win six seats in this fall's congressional elections to re-take control of the upper chamber.

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