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Did America just undergo a massive pro-life lurch? Reporters should interpret polls carefully GetReligion

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Mar 14, 2019 8:59 AM 1+ week ago

Axios, always atop breaking news trends, posted a bold headline Feb. 24 that announced "New Poll Finds `Dramatic Shift' on Abortion Attitudes."

The February poll showed Americans are evenly split between those identifying as "pro-choice" and as "pro-life," tied at 47 percent, while only a month before the same pollster reported pro-choicers outnumbered pro-lifers, 55 percent to 38 percent.

The Axios article recycled a press release from the polls' sponsor, the Knights of Columbus, that proclaimed "in just one month Americans have made a sudden and dramatic shift away from the prochoice position and toward a pro-life stance." See January release here and February release here.

Abortion attitudes remain as politically and religiously potent today as they've been the past 46 years, so reporters are ever alert to trends. But should the media be reporting that thinking across the fruited plain lurched from a big gap to a tie between Jan. 8-10 and Feb. 12-17, the survey dates?

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