A new poll has been released, showing that support for criminalization of women getting abortions has reached a significant percentage: 25 percent of men interviewed.
Since the shocking leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito that will overturn Roe v. Wade (1973), outrage has exploded across all forms of media. Conservatives were outraged by the breach of trust by someone at the Supreme Court, while liberals were apoplectic that the “right” to abortion might be overturned. It has been a boon for media outlets, as inflamed passions continue to keep the story in the news cycle again and again.
As yet another issue polarizes America, the gap between the two sides couldn’t be wider nor deeper. While one side sees the murder of babies, the other has gone into hysterics over the alleged “American Taliban” that is out to enslave all women, usually coupled with an allegation that such an overturning is the “first domino” eventually leading to the reinstatement of slavery:
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It is in this atmosphere that The Economist and YouGov conducted a poll, with respondents being asked: “Do you think that a woman who has an abortion that violates state law should or should not be charged with murder?”
The result showed that a statistically significant minority were in support. Out of all respondents, 19 percent said the hypothetical woman “should be charged with murder,” while 24 percent replied that they were “not sure,” and 54 percent saying no she should not be charged.
Broken down by gender, the numbers were slightly more polarized, with 24 percent of men answering yes to the murder charge. A further 25 percent said “not sure,” and a very slim majority, 51 percent, saying no to charges for the woman.
If one divided along party rather than gender lines, the results show an even more staggering divide. Among Republicans of both genders, 35 percent said yes, the woman should face murder charges, a further 32 percent saying “not sure,” and 33 percent saying no to charges even if she broke state law by getting an abortion.
The poll also tried to get down to the crux of the issue, asking respondents bluntly if they agreed that “abortion is the same as murdering a child.” The results (among all respondents regardless of gender or party), showed a fairly even split: 29 percent said they “strongly agree,” while 15 percent said they “somewhat agree,” in contrast to 45 percent who said they “strongly disagree,” and 11 percent who said they “somewhat disagree.” A puny minority, 11 percent, were on the fence and responded with “not sure.”
Democrats are hoping the issue will spur a greater turnout in the midterm elections in November this year, citing polls showing increased enthusiasm among Dem voters, while Republicans remain confident of a crushing “red wave” that will be able to harness dissatisfaction with inflation directly impacting more Americans where it hurts most – the wallets.
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