Via Tapped, this PEW center poll has an interesting abortion question; rather than asking about banning or not banning, or about Roe, they asked if people opposed or favored “making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion.” This form of the question doesn’t seem biased in any obvious way, and it directly reflects the new face of abortion rights wars – in which conservatives try to chip away at abortion availability bit by bit.
The result was that Republicans – and only Republicans – favored making it more difficult to get an abortion. Swing voters and all groups of Democrats do not favor making abortion more difficult. Overall, 55% of those surveyed opposed such efforts, while 36% favored them. So the theory that Democrats could find many new votes by being less pro-choice seems dubious. Here’s the graphic; the top three groups are different groups of Republicans, the bottom three different groups of Democrats, and the middle two represent different groups of swing voters.
There are other notable resolts. As Tapped pointed out, an overwhelming majority of Americans wants the Ten Commandments in courtrooms (22%/74%), and a majority would like to see creationism as well as evolution taught in the classroom (33%/57%).
On the other hand, liberal economic ideas are pretty mainstream. Huge majorities of the public would like to see an increase in the minimum wage (12% opposed, 86% in favor) and raising taxes to pay for health insurance for all (30% opposed, 65% in favor).
And in general, “liberals” are less left on economic issues than “disadvantaged democrats” are. On the other hand, “liberals” are – surprise surprise – the only group that favors same-sex marriage.