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ICYMI: “The Polls Are Clear:” Supporting Abortion is a Winning Issue for Candidates in 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 27, 2020
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From the extreme abortion bans sweeping the country to the Supreme Court hearing its first abortion case since Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the stakes for abortion access have never been higher — and it’s motivating voters to support candidates who will protect and expand abortion access. Christine Cauterucci makes the case in Slate that supporting reproductive rights and abortion access is not just an important issue for candidates in 2020, but a winning issue. Read below:

Slate: Abortion Might Finally Be a Winning Issue for Democrats
By Christine Cauterucci 

  • “Recent polling suggests that support for abortion rights might be a bigger motivator for voters than support for abortion restrictions, and that voters are growing ever more protective of abortion rights that appear threatened in today’s political landscape.”
  • “Historically, anti-abortion voters have been more likely than pro-choice voters to say they wouldn’t vote for a candidate that doesn’t share their views on abortion. Political analysts have taken that to mean that abortion impels more conservatives to the voting booth than liberals, making it a better bet for Republicans than Democrats to lean into their party-line positions. But Democratic candidates seem to believe that in 2020, with several extreme abortion bans trickling up to a conservative-majority Supreme Court and a surge of women-led activism in the streets, abortion might finally be a winning issue for them.
  • “They’d have good reason to think so. Not only are Democrats becoming more motivated on the issue, the American electorate at large is reporting greater support for abortion rights than it has in decades.”
  • “Nearly every poll on abortion this year has found support for Roe v. Wade and legal abortion ‘in all or most cases’ at record or near-record highs.”
  • “NBC News has also been surveying Americans on their abortion views. In June, the network reported that support for legal abortion has risen among most demographics—women and men, Democrats and Republicans—since 2008, in a rare case of the country moving together on an issue.”
  • “Recent abortion bans—including Georgia’s and Mississippi’s, which ban abortion around the sixth week of pregnancy, and Alabama’s, which bans nearly all abortions—are wildly unpopular, and are currently being challenged in court. Three-quarters of Democrats told pollsters in July that the bans are helping motivate them to vote in the 2020 elections.”
  • “Fifty-four percent of respondents in the PBS poll said they would ‘definitely not’ vote for a 2020 presidential candidate who’d install Supreme Court justices to gut Roe v. Wade, as Donald Trump promised to do in his 2016 campaign.”
  • “Given their new Supreme Court appointments and their control over statehouses and governorships, Republicans have finally taken the extremist abortion rhetoric they’ve been hawking for decades to its logical conclusion. In doing so, they’ve given voters the opportunity to imagine two Americas: one governed by the abortion bans of the far right, the other by the protections of Roe v. Wade. The polls are clear on which set of policies they prefer. Voters might even be motivated enough to do something to save the abortion rights they’ve increasingly come to support: Translate those preferences into votes.”

Read the full article HERE.


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