Democrats are planning to continue the discussion regarding abortion access to the forefront of voters’ minds in upcoming elections. The party largely believes that their focus on social issues such as abortion is what allowed them to successfully win over independent voters in the 2022 midterm elections.
Both pro-choice advocates and Democrats had great success in their campaigns after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which allowed them to claim that Republican officials would work to ban abortions not only at a state level but also on a national one.
Now that the midterm elections are passed though, Democrats have continued to campaign on this issue, noting that there is still a lot to be done on the campaign trail for the next two years.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) noted that Women’s reproductive rights were a key aspect of the lives of the American people. During the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last week she also noted that they are going to continue to protect these rights past the midterm election as this will be a key issue until Roe is codified into law for Americans.
Prior to the midterm elections, many strategists and pundits had suggested that Democrats should not have placed their focus on this topic, however, the Democrat’s win clearly shows that this is an important topic to voters.
According to an NBC News exit poll, 27 percent of voters called abortion the most important issue this year, while 32 percent noted that inflation was the most important one. Exit polling from CNN similarly showed that 31 percent of voters called inflation the top issue while 27 percent said the same about abortion.
Christina Polizzi, communications director at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, has said that the midterm elections clearly showed that both abortions and the economy were at the forefront of voters’ minds. She also added that at the end of the day “abortion rights is an economic issue.”