Monday, June 01, 2009

Lies, damn lies, and abortion statistics

I've said before that abortion is an issue that I struggle with. But misleading statistics, that's a different animal. Remember a couple of weeks ago, all the banner headlines talking about a new pro-life majority? Here's the questions and answers from the Gallup poll - you tell me if you think the statistics support the conclusion:

Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?

22% Legal under any circumstances

53% Legal only under certain circumstances

23% Illegal in all circumstances

2% No opinion

With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?

42% Pro-choice

51% Pro-life

2% Mixed/Neither(vol.)

4% Don't knowwhat terms mean (vol.)

1% No opinion

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