Dems Go All In On Abortion Despite Warnings From Polls


Posted on October 4, 2022

Democratic super PACs and campaigns dropped nearly $18 million on abortion-related ads, tripling what they spent on the issue throughout the entire 2018 general election, according to Politico.

Democrats view abortion as a winning issue for their party and bombard voters with TV ads on the issue, according to to Politico. But the majority of voters favor abortion restrictions opposed by most Democrats, and abortion is consistently viewed as a low-priority issue by most voters, according to numerous polls.

The Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade on June 24, ending a precedent that blocked most abortion restrictions throughout the first six months of pregnancy, meaning lawmakers can set state and national abortion policy for the first time in nearly 50 years. Democrats seized this as an opportunity to portray Republicans as anti-abortion extremists, emphasizing state-level policies restricting abortion, as well as a suggested 15 week abortion limit.

Abortion is the most important issue for only 5% of voters, according to to a July poll from Monmouth University, while 63% said inflation-related issues were their top priority. Only 8% of respondents said abortion was the most important issue for them in a separate Cygal poll in July.

Voters who support abortion are less likely to vote in the November election than those who think abortion should be illegal, another poll found.

Abortion is the most popular topic in Democrats’ messaging, appearing in more than a third of their ads, according to Politico. Abortion-related ads flood dozens of competitive districts, including rural areas like south Texas and California’s Central Valley.

However, opinion polls have consistently shown that most voters oppose elective abortions, except in the early months of pregnancy. A combined 62% of registered voters, including 48% of Democrats, believed abortion should only be allowed up to 15 weeks or earlier, the WPA Intelligence Poll found foundin accordance with many Republican laws and proposals.

Some Democrats have expressed concern about focusing so heavily on abortion while Republicans focus on economic issues: Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar told Politico that abortion is not the top issue for many voters, especially in heavily Catholic and socially conservative districts like his.

“I warned my team not to go all in, like we’re not talking about anything else,” one anonymous Democratic incumbent told Politico, adding that the heavy abortion messaging could be seen as a distraction from voters’ inflation concerns .

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