CBS News asks respondents what their “personal feeling” is about abortion. It provides four options: it should be “permitted in all cases,” “permitted, but subject to greater restrictions,” “permitted only in cases such as rape, incest and to save the woman’s life,” or permitted only to save the woman’s life.
The good news for pro-lifers is that in the latest poll, taken from Jan. 18 to Jan. 21, 47 percent of the public says that abortion should be generally banned. (Five percent volunteer that it should be banned altogether, 12 want it banned with a life exception, and 30 want it banned with a life, rape, and incest exception.)
The bad news is that there seems to be a bit of a leftward trend. Over the last year and a half, the percentage of people who say abortion should be “permitted in all cases” has fairly steadily risen, from 25 in July 2005 to 31 percent now. The percentage who think abortion should generally be banned has fairly steadily fallen, from 56 percent in July 2005 to 47 percent now. For what it’s worth. . .