The anti-abortion motion is liable to being seen as a paper tiger only a yr after its biggest triumph, as Republican voters present little signal of being moved by high-stakes battles over the difficulty.
That’s one takeaway from Donald Trump’s ongoing rise within the polls, which comes as a number of candidates have tried to get to his proper on the difficulty.
Ron DeSantis signed a 6-week abortion ban in Florida earlier this yr that Trump indicated was “too harsh.” However the newest New York Instances/Siena ballot discovered that 70% of Republican voters who strongly assist a state 6-week ban additionally backed Trump within the major — the next proportion than Trump’s complete assist amongst Republicans in the identical ballot.
The scenario has regarded a lot the identical on the bottom, the place Trump has been successful at social conservative occasions regardless of his reluctance to embrace calls for from main anti-abortion teams for a nationwide ban. In the meantime, DeSantis is caught in a struggle with a significant anti-abortion group for not backing a nationwide 15-week ban himself, which Tim Scott and Mike Pence have embraced.