After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, giving states the power to impose abortion restrictions, Democrats took up the issue and made it a focal point of midterm messaging, despite other pressing voter concerns.
Under President Biden’s leadership, inflation hit a 40-year high, hitting 8.2% in September, and American families have felt the pain of rising gas prices, groceries and the difficulty of making daily payments due to the current economic climate.
Well over 2 million migrants entered the United States illegally through the southern border this fiscal year, not to mention an additional 600,000 fleeing. Additionally, crime has increased in the United States in the first six months of 2022, with cities specifically recording an increase in aggravated assaults and robberies, according to a recent report by the Major Cities Chiefs Association.
While these issues hurt the majority of voters, Democrats have spent $320 million campaigning on abortion this election cycle, while neglecting other pressing issues that matter most to voters. According to AdImpact, Democrats spent just $31 million on ads dealing with inflation and about $140 million on ads about crime.
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Ashley Hayek, executive director of America First Works, said the Democrats’ medium-term strategy reveals their messages are misaligned with the issues affecting American voters.
“The radical left continues to ignore the real everyday concerns of Americans, like soaring inflation and rising crime,” Hayek told Fox News Digital. “They ignored mothers who couldn’t get formula for their babies, workers who couldn’t afford to fill their gas tanks, or families who were afraid to let their children play in the front yard. And not only have they ignored these issues, but their extreme stance on abortion, allowing it up until the moment of birth, is also out of touch with most Americans,” Hayek said.
“They are unable to defend their rhetoric or their record, and they don’t have a winning message,” she added.
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Christy Setzer, who served as a spokesperson for the presidential campaigns of former Vice Presidents Al Gore and Howard Dean, defended the Democrats’ focus on abortion in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“It’s easy to guess the strategy and messaging in the final days before an election, but the Democrats’ plan to highlight abortion is a good one: It puts Republicans on the defensive on an issue on which the vast majority of Americans don’t agree with them,” Setzer said.
“No one wants extreme abortion bans that force 11-year-olds to have their rapists’ babies — except for most Republicans running for office,” Setzer added. “And of course, abortion isn’t the only issue Democrats are running on: They’re also touting the Biden administration’s record unemployment rate and clean energy investments, while pointing out that Republicans don’t ‘have no plan for inflation, the economy or crime, because they’re too focused on trying to overthrow the last election.”
A recent New York Times national poll found that only 5% of likely voters see abortion as the number one issue facing the country right now, while 26% think the economy and 18% inflation are the main problems. The New York Times survey was conducted October 9-12 with a margin of error of 4.0 percentage points.
In November, a Marist Polling survey found that 36% of respondents see inflation as a priority, compared to 14% who think about abortion. The poll was conducted October 24-27 with a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.
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“The American people have been crystal clear for months that their top concerns are rising prices, the economy, and crime, and the Democrats have bet their majorities on a strategy that ignores those issues. You you can’t blatantly ignore what voters are most concerned about and think they will re-elect you,” Erin Perrine, former spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, told Fox. NewsDigital. “Democrats think voters are ignorant, and that’s the kind of elitist thinking that gets you fired from power.”