When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in its June Dobbs decision, the Left seized upon the issue in what it hoped would be a pivotal midterm election issue. As recently as this week, for example, President Joe Biden promised to send a bill to Congress on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe decision in January that would enshrine abortion into federal law, if only enough pro-abortion candidates could be elected to both houses of Congress to ensure its passage.
Multiple pollsters are currently showing that the issue of abortion isn’t high on the list of voters’ concerns, however, as economic issues once again appear to be preeminent in the minds of those who will be casting their ballots this November.
CBS News reports the results of its own polling on the subject of abortion as a disappointment for pro-abortion candidates:
“For two months the Democrats chipped away at the Republicans’ lead in the battle for House control, helped by motivated abortion-rights voters and what turned out to be fleeting glimmers of optimism about the economy. But that momentum has stalled, at least for now, and the Republicans’ House lead has stabilized today at 224 seats to the Democrats’ 211.”
The Washington Examiner, reporting on the results of a New York Times/Sienna College poll, said, “But as of mid-October, nearly every data point trotted out to show that abortion was going to sink Republicans has evaporated.”
Fox News reported similar results in its own poll.
So, why has the Left’s outrage over the Dobbs decision faded into the background as midterms approach?
It’s pretty simple. Voters are more concerned about economic issues than abortion. By a lot.
When The New York Times asked, “what do you think is the most important problem facing the country today,” only 5% of likely voters said abortion. And roughly half of those are voters who favor stronger bans on abortion, so the number of voters who are pro-abortion and are motivated to vote because of it are simply not surfacing in numbers large enough to swing the election in favor of pro-abortion candidates in contested races.
In fact, several left-leaning polls recently revealed that parental rights are higher on the list of voters’ concerns than abortion.
The Washington Post recently noted the rise in education-related bills around the country, reporting that in the last two years, 25 states have passed 64 laws dealing with subjects like protecting women’s sports from “trans” athletes, bans on teaching critical race theory, gender identity, and pornographic literature in curricula and school libraries.
The rise in parental concerns, according to experts interviewed by the Post, mainly arose during the pandemic when at-home learning for students allowed their parents to see firsthand what their sons and daughters were being taught. As a result, many parents were not happy about the lack of concentration on fundamentals such as reading, writing and math, while many liberal school districts used valuable teaching time and resources to focus on sex, gender identity, critical race theory and other pet social issues on the Left.
Over two million Americans have already voted in the midterms, thanks to early voting. And there’s a lot at stake. Importantly, Christians shouldn’t let the reports of a lack of pro-abortion enthusiasm make them complacent about the need to vote.
It’s crucial that Christians make their voice heard at the ballot box. Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently appeared on the daily radio broadcast of Focus on the Family and told Focus president, Jim Daly, that voting is a stewardship issue.
“God’s given you the stewardship of the vote and if you don’t use it, you’re just strengthening every vote against what you would say you stand for,” Mohler said. “If you’re not voting your convictions, if you just stay out of the process, you’re actually giving additional weight to the votes against your convictions.”
Please remember to vote your values on November 8.
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