USA Today: “Overturning Roe won’t rescue Democrats in midterm elections: Poll”

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Democrats can be forgiven if they want to believe that a reversal of Roe v. Wade will rescue them from what all signs point to as disastrous mid-term elections.

Job approval for pro-abortion President Joe Biden is averaging less than 40% with no indication they have reached the bottom. Republicans have led for months on the “generic” ballot: without specifying a candidate, which party would you vote for? On the all-important question of Biden’s handling of the economy, a dismal 33.6% approve.

Susan Page of USA Today begins “Overturning Roe won’t rescue Democrats in midterm elections: Poll” with the usual–that the public supports Roe v. Wade. Yet “Seven in 10 say the high court’s action would have no effect on whether they choose to cast a ballot,” she writes. “For most voters, that familiar maxim – ‘It’s the economy, stupid’ – still applies.”

She continues, “But the overall findings raise questions about whether a Supreme Court decision would rescue Democrats’ flagging prospects by energizing core supporters and drawing swing voters to their side.”

For example, Page writes, “[I]n the survey, 39% of those who support Roe v. Wade say they would vote for a candidate they disagreed with on abortion if they agreed with him or her on other issues. That’s a bit lower than the 45% who say they wouldn’t.”

For Democrats, who control the House, the Senate, and the White House, it’s hard to escape blame. Regarding the USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll of 1,000 registered voters, Page writes

Less than five months before the midterm elections, the survey charts a political landscape tilted against Democrats. Just 39% of Americans approve of the job Joe Biden is doing as president; 47% “strongly” disapprove. Seventy-one percent say the country is headed in the wrong direction, a level of concern that historically has signaled serious electoral setbacks for the party that controls the White House and Congress.