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Americans Are Increasingly Unhappy With Abortion Laws

Abortion advocates may be in trouble.

Gallup poll released Monday shows that only 34 percent of Americans are satisfied with current abortion policies, the lowest number since Gallup first asked the question in 2001. Of those dissatisfied, twice as many want stricter laws as want less strict laws.

The poll found that Republicans make up the largest dip in satisfaction. No more than 29 percent of Republicans have been satisfied with abortion laws since 2012, with only 21 percent satisfied this year.

Republican satisfaction was significantly higher under President George W. Bush, however, reaching as high as 44 percent in 2002.

This year, 46 percent of Democrats are satisfied with abortion policies, as are 36 percent of independents.

Gallup did not gather data on the question from 2009 to 2011. Satisfaction was higher from 2001 to 2008 with an average of 43 percent of Americans satisfied with the country’s abortion policies. From 2012 on, that average dropped to 39 percent.

A May 2014 Gallup poll found that Americans are split on the abortion, with 47 percent pro-choice and 46 percent pro-life.

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