Last week’s historic U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which effectively overturned the legal precedents for abortion in Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), has improved the public’s perception of the GOP.
According to new data pulled from generic congressional ballot trends, Republicans actually gained a full point with the public following the historic ruling.
The polling information was provided by YouGov, which contrasted polling numbers taken on June 21, before the Dobbs decision was handed down, with numbers on June 27, three days following the ruling.
On June 21, Republicans/Democrats scored 45/41, and on June 27, they scored 45/40, with a net gain of plus one after Roe v. Wade was overturned.
The news is hardly surprising, given recent polling trends that have indicated American voters’ fatigue with Democrat leadership amidst a wildly hyperinflated economic landscape.
In fact, a recent Morning Consult and Politico poll found that 47 percent of surveyed respondents said they trusted the Republican Party on issues of national security and or inflation over Democrats, who polled at just 34 percent and 33 percent, respectively.
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and return the issue to the sovereign states puts the debate in the hands of voting citizens. Pro-choice proponents have raged against the decision, decrying a breakdown in “women’s rights.” Conversely, pro-life advocates have rejoiced that the highest court in the land has ultimately struck down the federal legalization of abortion.
As Americans head into a heated 2022 midterm season, some political pundits have postulated that women who are upset about the abortion ruling may push back against the GOP’s “red wave” of projected victory by voting for Democrats in political races across the country.
However, most voters’ perceptions of their respective parties have not changed. If anything, the GOP has gained voting favorability with Americans in the post-Roe U.S.