NRSC Arms candidates with Abortion polling

SCOOP: NRSC ARMS CANDIDATES WITH ABORTION POLLING — In the wake of Monday’s report that the Supreme Court is preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is arming its candidates with talking points and polling that suggests they can go on the attack.

While polls show that overturning Roe is extremely unpopular, the GOP is hoping to pivot the conversation to terrain where they see an advantage over Democrats, including abortion later in pregnancy, the prospect of “taxpayer-funded” abortion and “abortion on demand.” (They’re also betting that Democrats will overplay their hand.) Here’s a sampling of some of the framing they recommend, based on polling of likely voters in battleground states conducted by OnMessage Inc.:

  • “Unelected federal judges should not make laws. States should be able to establish their own laws regarding abortion, as they do on everything else.” Polling: Fifty-four percent strongly or somewhat agree, while 32% strongly or somewhat disagree.
  • “Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, we can all agree that taxpayer money should not be used to pay for abortions.” Polling: Sixty-five percent strongly or somewhat agree, including 66% of independent voters.
  • “It’s acceptable for states to limit late-term abortions if the state makes it affordable to put babies up for adoption and financially assists the birth mother.” Polling: Fifty-nine percent strongly or somewhat agreed, while 26% disagreed.
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