The Corner

New Polls on Abortion

Over at Bench Memos, Ed Whelan points to a new Gallup poll that shows declining support for Roe. That’s just one of a few striking recent findings that should cheer pro-lifers but are hard to explain.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll taken this month asked adults whether they considered themselves pro-life or pro-choice. Pro-lifers had 50 percent, pro-choicers 45. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen pro-lifers outnumber pro-choicers on the self-description question.

The same poll found that 66 percent of Americans thought partial-birth abortion should be illegal, which is a bit more opposition than you used to find.

I would wait to see other pollsters confirm the trend before concluding that it exists.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.