From our friends at: www.washingtonexaminer.com
Democrats are constantly trying to whip up hysteria about abortion, which they think is an issue that can propel them to victory. Given the election results in Virginia and current polling in Texas, that myth should finally be put to rest.
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tried to use Texas’s heartbeat law, which bans abortion after six weeks of gestation, to raise enthusiasm among voters in Virginia to go out and vote for him against Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin. McAuliffe even said that he would sign the radical abortion bill introduced in Virginia in 2019, which would legalize abortion up to the moment of birth.
And how did this work in a state that hadn’t elected a Republican statewide in 12 years and broke for President Joe Biden last year by 10 points?
As National Review’s John McCormack noted , McAuliffe led by 5.2 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average when the law went into effect. His lead only dwindled from there, and, of course, he went on to lose. Not only that, but just 8% of voters said abortion was their most important issue in the Virginia governor’s race. And of those voters, 58% went for Youngkin, not McAuliffe.
Abortion was not a potent issue for Democrats in Virginia, and it doesn’t appear to be in Texas either. According to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll , 46% of registered Texas voters disapprove of how Texas lawmakers have handled abortion, compared to just 39% approving. When it comes to banning abortions after six weeks, 47% disapprove with 45% approving.
Yet according to that same poll, the state has seen an uptick in approval on its handling of abortion. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott leads likely Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke by nine points, with O’Rourke’s approval rating 26 points underwater.
Democrats like to convince themselves that abortion is a winning issue because of some neatly worded poll questions, but Virginia and Texas both provide evidence that that just isn’t the case. Abortion may be one of the driving issues for Democratic politicians and liberal activists, but it isn’t a deal breaker for independent voters. And it appears to create a lot more enthusiasm among pro-life voters than it does among Democrats.