Washington, May 16 (ANI): Fifty-one percent of Americans consider themselves "pro-life" and just 42 percent say they are "pro-choice."
This is the first time a majority in the country has stated a personal objection to abortion since Gallup polls began tracking the data 15 years ago, Fox News reports.
The numbers correspond with FOX News polls this month showing 49 percent of Americans as pro-life and 43 percent as pro-choice on abortion. Last year the numbers were essentially the reverse of the current findings: 41 percent were pro-life and 49 percent were pro-choice in September 2008.
The Gallup poll released Friday also marks a massive shift from one year ago, when 50 percent of Americans called themselves pro-choice, and just 44 percent said they were pro-life. Today 42 percent say they are pro-choice, by far the lowest level of support for abortion ever measured by the Gallup poll.
Despite that change in opinion, most Americans still believe that abortion should remain legal. Fifty-three percent say abortions should remain legal under certain circumstances, and nearly equal numbers take hard-line views -- 23 percent say it should be illegal in all circumstances, and 22 percent say it should be legal no matter what.
The sample study of 1,015 adults was conducted from May 7-10 and has a margin of error of three points. (ANI)