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UPDATE 3:10p: Professor Michael New has insight on this poll on NRO’s The Corner, including a caution to pro-lifers.
UPDATE 1:50p: I’ve had a chance to read the Gallup poll findings more in-depth and read this speculation by Gallup:

It is possible that, through his abortion policies, Obama has pushed the public’s understanding of what it means to be “pro-choice” slightly to the left, politically. While Democrats may support that, as they generally support everything Obama is doing as president, it may be driving others in the opposite direction.

UPDATE, 10:10a: Hot Air noted interesting points:

The percentage of Republicans (including independents who lean Republican) calling themselves “pro-life” rose by 10 points over the past year, from 60% to 70%, while there has been essentially no change in the views of Democrats and Democratic leaners…
A year ago, Gallup found more women calling themselves pro-choice than pro-life, by 50% to 43%, while men were more closely divided: 49% pro-choice, 46% pro-life. Now, because of heightened pro-life sentiment among both groups, women as well as men are more likely to be pro-life.
Men and women have been evenly divided on the issue in previous years; however, this is the first time in 9 years of Gallup Values surveys that significantly more men and women are pro-life than pro-choice.

Been hearing a lot of chatter for the GOP to shut up about abortion, as late as last night on Gretta when Cindy McCain thought Republicans should stop applying a “litmus test,” which is code for standing on the pro-life issue.
Hot Air commenters have theorized many reasons for this shift, including Palin’s stand for life, Obama’s stand against life, “Obama’s grandstanding on the Born Alive Act,” technology, or “[t]he long-term trend makes sense since only survivors of Roe v. Wade answer polls.” Your thoughts?
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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for breaking.jpgGallup’s annual Values and Beliefs Survey, conducted May 7-10, found 51% of Americans self-identifying as “pro-life” vs. 42% “pro-choice.”
This is the first time such a shift has occurred since Gallup began addressing the issue in 1995.
This lines up with my column this week theorizing radical anti-life Barack Obama is having an adverse effect on abortion support.
Just last year, 50% identified themselves as pro-choice and 44% pro-life. The highest pro-life number ever recorded before now was 46% in August 2001 and May 2002.
The survey also shows the public’s views on the legality of abortion, with 22% believing it should be legal in all circumstances, 23% illegal in all circumstances – quite a change from the past 4 years, which showed a strong attitude in favor of unrestricted abortion.
[HT: proofreader Laura Loo]

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