One year after the Dobbs ruling, abortion has changed the political landscape

Last year, abortion rights changed the political landscape following the Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade and energized many voters.

Michigan’s experience: In the 2022 midterm elections, Michigan’s referendum on state constitutional right to abortion and contraception saw high voter turnout, and Democrats fared well in key races.
* Governor Gretchen Whitmer was re-elected with a 10-point margin over her GOP opponent, and the reproductive rights referendum was approved with an even larger margin.

Impact on Republicans: Since the Dobbs decision, Republican candidates face more questions on their positions – whether they support a total ban, a six-week ban, or medication abortion restrictions.
* Republican party chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said candidates must address these issues head on, acknowledging the Democrats’ substantial investment in the topic.

Public opinion: Despite abortion becoming a significant issue in politics, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed the Dobbs decision is still unpopular, with 57% of surveyed individuals opposing it.
* Democratic pollster Celinda Lake sees public support for abortion increasing after Dobbs and believes it reflects voters’ core values.

Future implications: While some predict abortion rights will keep the issue in the spotlight, Republican pollster Patrick Ruffini is uncertain whether it will remain a key driver in the 2024 election.

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