A 2018 Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 62 percent of Americans believe abortion is a complicated issue rather than a simple one. An earlier P.R.R.I. survey showed that a majority of both black and Hispanic Americans believe abortion is “morally wrong.”
This kind of nuance is nowhere to be found among most national Democrats, including our 2020 candidates (with the exception, perhaps, of Joe Biden). Democrats used to express great offense if Republicans described them as the party of “abortion on demand.” Now, Democratic candidates seem happy to leave the impression that their party is just that, often justifying their position by suggesting it’s a direct result of listening to women, communities of color and those with low incomes.
Here’s the problem: They don’t speak for these communities when they appear to support abortion on demand. We know that 73 percent of women believe abortion should be restricted to at least the first three months (with a large percentage of those women supporting even greater restrictions). According to a June Morning Consult/Politico poll, 42 percent of Hispanics support Hyde (28 percent oppose), as well as 36 percent of African-Americans (37 percent oppose) and 46 percent of Americans with an income under $50,000 (31 percent oppose).