There’s more to the Pew numbers released yesterday than the headlines will tell you.
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With this knowledge, support for upholding Roe sank 7 points, and support for overturning Roe rose 9 points, a 16-point swing.
Decades of abortion polls make clear that many Americans simply consider Roe to be a synonym for the right to abortion, and that without Roe all abortions would be illegal. Consider that the 29% of Pew respondents who want to see Roe overturned is not all that much higher than the 20% of Americans who tell pollsters that abortion should be illegal under all circumstances.
Under Roe, most abortions are legal, and polls suggest roughly 25% of Americans support abortion under any circumstances.
Add the 9% difference from above to this 25% and you get 34%. Who are these 34%? They’re the ones we know actually have a clue about what Roe means.
Opinion polls about Roe v. Wade are supposed to shed light on how America feels about one of the Supreme Court’s most controversial rulings. But all they really tell us is that most Americans don’t know what Roe said or how it affects the right to abortion.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online