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Cillizza: A ‘Silver Lining’ for Democrats?

From “Does the Roe Ruling Have a Silver Lining for Democrats” by Chris Cillizza at CNN Politics:

“Seventy-two hours removed from the landmark overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, there are signs that the judgment may have woken up the long-dormant Democratic base in advance of this year’s midterm elections.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll had two striking findings:
1) More than 3 in 4 Democrats (78%) said the court’s decision made it more likely that they would vote in the fall. A slim majority of Republicans (54%) said the same.
2) Democrats now lead on the generic ballot question (“If the election were today, would you vote for the Democrat or the Republican for House”) 48% to 41% over Republicans, a remarkable 10-point swing since an NPR poll in April.
And just in case you think those numbers are an outlier, a new CBS/YouGov poll conducted in the wake of the Roe ruling showed 6 in 10 Americans — and 67% of women — disapproving of the court’s decision.
While these numbers may be cold comfort to many who see states — particularly in the South — already moving to put bans on abortion, they do suggest that the court may have unwittingly shifted the debate in the midterms.
Cillizza concludes,
For Democrats to have a chance, they need a major margin among women — especially suburban women — since so many other swing groups, including independents, are trending strongly against them.
What’s far less clear is whether that anger and outrage can a) hold all the way until November and b) trump economic issues like inflation and gas prices when it comes to what swing voters really care about.
Democrats in some districts and states are already on air with TV ads hoping to capitalize on the furor over the court’s ruling. Watch the airwaves in the coming months to see if that keeps up. If it does, there’s reason to conclude the issue is moving voters.
The Point: This election is still shaping up to be a good one for Republicans. The question now is whether the Roe ruling can limit Democratic losses.
And, if the SCOTUS ruling doesn’t do it, what will?

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