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Mon Jun 8, 2015, 10:46 PM

Abortion Is Becoming A Bigger Issue For Voters In 2016 [View all]

Traditionally, reproductive rights have taken a back seat to other issues in the voting booth, however the tide is turning.

Since Tea Party/evangelical legislators gained seats in the 2010 midterms, we’ve seen historic rollbacks in women’s reproductive rights. In fact, state lawmakers have passed over 200 regulations restricting abortion since Republicans have taken over state legislatures.

As voters watch the Republican party strip away abortion access and treat pro-choice women who take birth control as heathens, harlots and sluts, a new Gallup poll indicates voters’ priorities are shifting.

From Gallup:

Historically, Americans who self-identify as “pro-life” on the abortion issue have been more likely than self-identified “pro-choice” Americans to say they will only vote for a candidate who shares their views. However, the pro-life advantage is quite narrow in 2015, with 23% of pro-life Americans saying they will only vote for a candidate who shares their views, compared with 19% of pro-choice Americans. The gap was nine points in 2014, and it has been as high as 18 points, in late 2004.”

The percentage of pro-choice Americans who say candidates must share their views has increased by four points since 2014, and is up eight points from 2008. The only other year when pro-choice Americans were as likely as they are today to prioritize the issue was in 2001.

Half of Americans (50%) now say they are pro-choice, higher than the 44% of Americans who self-identify as pro-life. This counterbalances the slight advantage that the pro-life side has in how important, so that those prepared to only vote for a pro-life candidate versus those only voting for a pro-choice candidate are even, at about 10%.”

Read More http://samuel-warde.com/2015/06/abortion-is-becoming-a-bigger-issue-for-voters-in-2016/

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