The point of the poll was to explore how people define these terms. We considered four factors:
- Whether a person is politically active in fighting abortion.
- Whether a person thinks abortion should be illegal.
- Whether a person thinks abortion is immoral.
- 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:
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?
Community of Madrid
District of Columbia
New South Wales