In a survey published today, Gallup finds that more Americans now consider themselves “pro-life” than “pro-choice,” by a 51 percent-42 percent margin:
Gallup says this trend has been documented in multiple surveys. Interestingly, the shift is all among Republicans and Republican-leaners. Democrats and Democrat-leaners continue to be “pro-choice” in the same numbers.
Every time Republicans lose an election, would-be sophisticates in the party write op-eds to the effect that the party needs to dump social conservatism. Whatever your views on the social issues of the day–they have never been a significant focus of this site or of my own political involvement–Gallup’s survey supplies more evidence that this approach is wrong-headed.