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Blame it on the media? Americans have the false impression the nation is pro-choice

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“Americans misjudge U.S. abortion views,” notes a new Gallup poll.

“When asked how they think most Americans feel about the abortion issue, 51 percent of U.S. adults say the public is mostly ‘pro-choice’ while 35 percent say ‘pro-life.’ This general perception that the pro-choice viewpoint prevails contrasts with the nearly even division of Americans’ actual views. The same poll finds that 48 percent of Americans call themselves pro-life and 45 percent pro-choice,” analyst Lydia Saad says.

Wait. What? Does the liberal media have anything to do with this false impression that the nation is pro-choice? The Gallup findings do not speculate.

But we have been in this position before. A similar situation emerged in a recent Pew Research Center survey revealing that the majority of Americans are currently under the impression that gun crime is higher now than it was 20 years ago. Federal data indicates gun crime fell by half in that time period, from seven gun homicides per 100,000 people, to 3.6 homicides.

“In the months since the mass shooting at Newtown, Conn., the public is paying close attention to the topic of firearms,” says the Pew study, noting that no story received more recent public attention than the debate over gun control.”

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