abortion in Iowa after the midterm elections


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Iowa did not hold an abortion referendum last week, but Megan Goldberg, assistant professor of American politics at Cornell College, said it was “gentle on the ballot of voting”.

Goldberg also said Iowa has seen a “red wave,” even though other states haven’t.

How does the red wave square with the fact that most Iowans support access to abortion? Mazie Stilwel, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood North Central States, cited a Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll that indicated that 61% of Iowans support access to abortion in some way or another. another one.

Goldberg added that this number rings about right. “There are a few researchers at MIT, at George Washington University, who have done a lot of work putting together estimates of public support for abortion at the state level,” Goldberg said. “What they find is that in most states, over 50% of people support some sort of abortion access. The same is true for Iowa.

So, again: why the red wave despite widespread support for reproductive rights?

Goldberg said the fact that abortion did not appear directly on the ballot as a referendum or constitutional amendment could have been a factor.

“We find that support for abortion access exceeds support for some Democratic candidates,” Goldberg said. “It’s really difficult from this kind of high-level aggregate data to sort of infer at the individual level what’s going on, but it suggests there might be something lost in translation where people are voting for supporting abortion access, or supporting abortion access in some way, but that doesn’t always translate directly into support for Democratic candidates.

And of course, support for abortion is far from the only issue voters are concerned about.

“People may just be voting for different reasons,” Goldberg said. “There’s a lot of post-election talk about what drove people to the polls, you know, kind of conventional wisdom and stuff like the economy, how you’re doing with your financial situation and how you see the economy as a whole, that this can really drive people. She added, “I think it’s pretty hard to say what a problem right now was driving Iowans.”

Apparent contradiction aside, the question now is: what next? TV9 reached out to the office of Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver to talk about GOP priorities moving forward with a supermajority. We have not received a response.

Stilwell said: “We have seen attacks before and we know we will see more in the future, and we are ready to face them and adapt to any scenario we are placed in.”


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