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Monday, June 6, 2016

Poll results: Who is part of the pro-life movement?

Last Friday we posted a 2 question poll about who you consider "pro-lifers" and who you consider part of the "pro-life movement."

The point of the poll was to explore how people define these terms. We considered four factors:

  1. Whether a person is politically active in fighting abortion.
  2. Whether a person thinks abortion should be illegal.
  3. Whether a person thinks abortion is immoral.
  4. Whether a person offers social support to pregnant or parenting people.

You can read the descriptions of our 8 hypothetical people on last Friday's post, but here are the variables in chart form:


To our frustration, due to technical problems we couldn't analyze the answers to the question "Who are the pro-lifers?" We're sorry about that.

But at the time we analyzed the data (Sunday evening PST), we did have 130 people cast a total of 375 votes for who belongs to the pro-life movement. Here is the chart reordered from most accepted to least accepted person. The column on the far right is the percent of voters who cast a vote for that person (remember voters could pick as many of the 8 people as they liked).


A few notes:
  • 76% of the people who voted picked 3 people or less. Most of them picked people who think abortion should be illegal.
  • David, Anthony, and Mike are nearly tied. Apparently if a person doesn't take some kind of action based on their beliefs, it doesn't make much difference what they believe.
  • Given Elena got more votes than Anthony or even David, it seems voters value social support more than anti-abortion beliefs alone.
  • However voters valued political activism above all. Lucas was the ideal because he covered all fronts, but Christine wasn't terribly far behind. And Christine got a lot more votes than Jen, even though both think abortion is wrong and should be illegal. Christine took political action, and Jen offered social support. It seems if voters have to pick between the two, they value political action more.
There were a few voters who chose "Other" and gave written explanations, which included:
  • "They all contribute to the pro-life movement in some way."
  • "All seem part-time pro-life. Like most people, unfortunately."
  • "All these people all are part of the *pro-life movement* - there is a need for all aspects of the community to take action on all levels." [This comment went on to mention other consistent life issues but got cut off for some reason.]
  • "None." [Presumably meant none of the 8 people are part of the pro-life movement.]
We also had several people comment about their thought processes on our FB post for the poll. It was great to see how many people said the poll got them thinking about our assumptions of what "pro-life movement" means.

I wish a real polling group like Gallup or Pew Research would put forth the same poll to a large number of people representing the demographics of the country. I'd be very interested to see how people who aren't necessarily involved with our movement define the term "pro-live movement." How do you think the answers might change?

And just for fun, here are all the locations people voted from, in alphabetical order. Is your area on the list?


Al Asimah
Alabama
Alberta
Auckland
British Columbia
California
Cambridgeshire
Capital Region
Caraga
Clare
Colorado
Community of Madrid
Connecticut
District of Columbia
England
Flanders
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New South Wales
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Ontario
Oregon
Oxfordshire
Pennsylvania
Plovdiv
Prahova
Quebec
Queensland
Rhode Island
San Jose
Saskatchewan
South Australia
South Dublin
Tennessee
Texas
Tyrol
Victoria
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

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