Poll Shows Abortion Less Important for Voters as Economy Keeps Getting Worse

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 27, 2022   |   4:43PM   |   Washington, DC

Legalizing abortion on demand again may not be as big of a motivator for Democrat voters as party leaders want it to be.

Fox News reports new polls from several key swing states found that other issues, including the economy and “threats to democracy,” are more important to voters in the upcoming November midterms.

The overturning of Roe v. Wade has heightened the abortion issue among Democrat voters, and Democrat Party candidates have been focusing heavily on it in recent months. Last week, the Associated Press reported about “unprecedented” $124 million in spending on pro-abortion election ads by Democrat groups this year.

Among Democrat leaders’ top priorities if they win a few more seats in the U.S. Senate is a radical pro-abortion bill nicknamed the Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act. The legislation, the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), would force states to legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth, end bans on sex-selection and taxpayer-funded abortions, and get rid of laws requiring parental consent and informed consent.

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Polls consistently show a strong majority of Americans oppose such extreme pro-abortion measures.

And new election polls in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and other states suggest Democrats’ heavy focus on abortion may not be a good election strategy even among their supporters.

Here’s more from Fox News:

A Marist Poll survey among Pennsylvanians discovered that “preserving democracy” is the top issue to 40% of likely Democrat voters, trumping abortion and inflation. In the state where all eyes are on GOP nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz and Democrat opponent Lt. Gov. John Fetterman as they face off for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat, inflation was the most concerning issue to both Republican and Independent respondents. …

While a Florida poll found that abortion was the most important to 21% of likely Democratic voters in the state, threats to the democracy came in a close second, being of top concern to 18% of Floridians. According to the poll, inflation and the economy were the most concerning issues to 51% of likely Republican and 36% of likely Independent voters.

In Wisconsin, a Spectrum News/Sienna College poll found that “threats to the democracy” was a top issue for 40 percent of Democrat voters. Meanwhile, a Texas poll by the same polling group found inflation and “threats to democracy” were tied as the most important issues for Democrats.

“The results reveal that even though the ‘threats’ may not be the only leading issue to Democratic voters, abortion appears to be less of a midterm concern to voters than it was in June after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision,” according to the report.

Republican Party Chair Ronna McDaniel recently told the AP that Democrats are focusing on abortion so heavily because they cannot brag about their actions on the economy, crime or education.

“It’s very clear that that’s the only thing that Democrats have to run on, right? They don’t run on a good economy. They can’t run on community being safer. They can’t run on education,” McDaniel said. “So what are they going to do? They’re going to make everything about abortion, which means we’re going to have to talk about it as Republicans do.”

Many of Democrats’ ads portray pro-life Republican candidates as “dangerous” and “too extreme” on abortion – even though polls consistently show that the Democrat Party’s position supporting late-term and taxpayer-funded abortions is actually the extreme one.

Most Americans support legal protections for unborn babies, especially after the first trimester or once their heartbeat is detectable. LifeNews highlighted 14 recent polls here.

new national poll from the Trafalgar Group found stronger public support for Republican-led pro-life legislation to ban abortions after 15 weeks than for a Democrat-backed bill that would allow abortions “at any time during pregnancy.”

According to the poll, 59 percent of voters support a federal law to ban abortions after 15 weeks with exceptions for rape, incest and risks to the mother’s health. In contrast, 40 percent said they support legislation to create a federal “right to abortion at any time during pregnancy” and ban states from enacting pro-life laws.

Currently, pro-abortion Democrats control the U.S. House and, more narrowly, the U.S. Senate. Election experts predict Republicans will win back the House in November, but whether Democrats will maintain control of the Senate remains uncertain.

Whoever wins the majority will determine the types of abortion legislation that Congress may pass in the near future, such as a national ban on abortions after 15 weeks on the pro-life side or taxpayer-funded abortions through all nine months of pregnancy on the pro-abortion side.