In a recent state-by-state survey, only seven states, representing less than 9% of the population, are strongly against legal abortion while 26 states (59% of the population) are strongly for it!
I wanted to post a quick follow-up to yesterday’s column, “Is it ‘ennui’ or ‘depression?'” and more specifically to that column’s sub-headline, “Whatever it is, it’s driven by America’s convoluted rule of the minority!” (https://around-the-block.com/2022/05/04/is-it-ennui-or-depression/)
The New York Times published results of a survey that dug deeper into the majority/minority dichotomy I wrote about yesterday. This survey drilled down, beneath the national numbers that indicate a majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade, to show how the pro-life/pro-choice numbers are reflected by state. The numbers are stunning!
The study, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, Pew Research Center and the Guttmacher Institute, ranks states on the basis of “Support for legal abortion” in which the difference between those who say abortion should be legal in most or all cases and those who say it should be illegal in most or all cases is calculated.
Here’s a map of the findings:
You only need a quick glance at the map to see where this is going. But, if you’re like me and are more comfortable with the data and stats than the pictures, allow me to flesh this out for you.
Of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, 26 strongly support legal abortion. Those 26 states represent a population of 199,200,905 or 59.3% of the U.S. population.
Seven states, representing 28,814,107 (8.6%) strongly oppose legal abortion.
The remaining 18 states, representing 108,075,291 (32.2%) either moderately support or are moderately against legal abortion.
Here’s the rankings detail:
Referring back to yesterday’s column, I’m not sure how more evidence we need to support the claim that “America is driven by the convoluted rule of the minority!”
Now the question is…what’s to be done?