Voters consider Democrats’ stance on abortion more extreme than that of Republicans, analysis of the results of a new national survey reveals.
In a poll of 1,000 U.S. voters, conducted October 6-10, 2022, provided exclusively to National Review, respondents were asked to choose which of the following two positions they thought was “more extreme”:
- “Allowing abortions up until 9 months of pregnancy for any reason,” or
- “Restricting abortions to only in cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is in danger.”
Fully 57% said allowing abortions “for any reason” was more extreme, nearly doubling the 29% who thought limiting abortions to cases of rape, incest or protection of the mother’s life was most radical. The remaining 14% weren’t sure.
Democrats running in the upcoming midterm elections have portrayed Republicans’ stance on abortion as extremist after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, but their success was short-lived, National Review reports:
“Once Republicans recovered from their defensive crouch on the issue and began going on the attack, pointing out that even the ostensible moderate Democrats running in right-leaning areas refuse to support any restrictions on abortion, left-wing attempts to paint the GOP as extreme lost their potency.”
“Fifty-seven percent of voters see the stance on abortion held by all but one of the candidates in the 2019 Democratic presidential primaries as more extreme than the mainstream Republican one.”
Indeed, a recent Harvard poll found that 72% of voters think abortion should be illegal after 23 weeks of pregnancy, and only 10% want it to be legal up to the ninth month.
Still, Democrats continue to tout abortion access as a panacea. On Wednesday, Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams suggested that abortion access is the key to combating rising prices of items like food and gas.
What’s more, Democrats’ opposition to abortion restrictions puts them in league with The Satanic Temple. The Salem, Massachusetts-based group is suing both Indiana and Idaho for their new abortion limitations which, The Satanic Temple says, would restrict the “exercise of their religious beliefs pursuant to the Satanic Abortion Ritual.”
“We’re not going to negotiate a woman’s right to choose,” Democrat House Speaker Rep. Pelosi said in July, after her party introduced a bill to prohibit the federal government from placing restrictions on the provision of, and access to, abortion.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden vowed to introduce legislation codifying abortion protections as his first bill in the next Congress, if his party has control of the House and Senate.