Stop me if you’ve heard this before: suburban women are motivated by their support for abortion to vote. In fact, after driving their kids to soccer practice and going to yoga, voting for pro-choice candidates is their favorite thing to do!
Spoiler alert: it’s a myth.
We are shocked. NARAL, the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, partnered with a Democrat (party platform: abortion legal, for any reason, through all nine months. Oh, and taxpayers should pay for it, too) to inform us that abortion is super popular? Gasp!
Sure, pro-choice suburban women exist — but is abortion this entire demographic’s self-declared number one issue? NARAL didn’t even limit their findings to pro-choice women, instead proposing that women across party lines felt this way (“soft partisans,” they called them).
If suburban women were single-issue voters where abortion is concerned, 2016 would’ve been their year, right? Which is to say, hypothetically, if there were a pro-choice female presidential candidate who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, who herself loved yoga so much she sent 30,000 e-mails about it, she would’ve won, or at least won a substantial majority of suburban women, right?
The New York Times noted that these voters were “most worried about immigration, terrorism and the impact of trade on jobs. They thought Obamacare went too far, and the government was too intrusive.” The New York Times also profiled three suburban women, a mom and her two daughters, who cited the economy and national security as key to their votes for Trump.
Abortion, when juxtaposed with every major political issue such as the economy, has never been the top issue of importance for American voters in general. Economical issues win out every time. BUT it’s interesting that over the past 15 years, pro-life Americans have been more likely to only vote for candidates who have matching views than pro-choice Americans.
In fact, suburban women, like most voters, have a wide range of views, and while social issues may sometimes be very important to them, it’s more likely that the day-to-day issues they feel affect them the most, taxes, national security, education policy, are more important motivating factors.
Brenna Lewis is staff writer with Students for Life of America and Matt Lamb is director of communications with Students for Life of America.
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