Abortion Will Be a Priority for Latino Voters in Midterm Elections
For Immediate Release: Aug. 19, 2022
WASHINGTON DC — For the first time, abortion is one of the top five issues of concern for Latino voters heading into the ballot box this election cycle, according to new results of a national poll conducted by Unidos US and Mi Famila Vota.
Quote attributable to Alejandra Soto, Director of Latino Communications, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“We know that Latino voters in key states, and across the country, support access to safe, legal abortion and want to be able to make their own health care decisions without political interference. Latino communities face disproportionate barriers to care due to centuries of systemic discrimination and, with abortion bans already in 16 states, these barriers are only getting worse with the overturning of Roe v Wade. It’s not surprising that the latest polling by leading Latino organizations tells us that for the first time, abortion will be one of the top five issues Latino voters will have in mind during midterm elections. More than 70 percent of respondents support legal abortion, independently of their own personal beliefs, in states such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Everyone — no matter where you live or how much money you make — deserves access to essential health care, free of barriers or political roadblocks.”
Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational, advocacy, and limited electoral activity, including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter education.
Additional coverage from the past week:
- NBC News: 60% of Latino voters say U.S. is ‘on the wrong track’ but remain largely ignored by both parties
- POLITICO: Poll: Abortion enters top five Latino issues
Additional polling research:
- Research shows abortion bans and restrictions are deeply unpopular:
- A Washington Post-ABC poll finds that 75% of people say decisions on abortion should be left to the woman and her doctor, including 95% of Democrats, 81% of independents and 53% of Republicans.
- A Gallup poll finds that 80% of the American public think abortion should be legal
- 80% of the American public supports legal abortion and there is no state where outlawing abortion is popular.
- Polling has also shown that the majority of Latino voters nationwide support abortion rights and access. It isn’t about whether one believes or doesn’t believe in abortion, but whether politicians should be making medical, personal decisions for us and our families.