Disproportionate Number Of Women Register To Vote After SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

While pro-life conservatives celebrated this year’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down federal abortion protections, many leftist leaders have attempted to use the decision as a tool to motivate Democrative voters — particularly women — ahead of November’s midterm elections.

The effort appears to be paying off, as detailed in a recent report by The New York Times. According to the analysis of 10 states, well over half — 55% — of all newly registered voters in the wake of the Supreme Court decision were women.

That trend was particularly pronounced in Republican-dominated Kansas, where women represented a whopping 70% of new registrants during the same period. In the month prior to the abortion ruling, the rate of new voting registrations in the 10 states was roughly even between men and women.

It is worth noting that an increased number of men registered to vote in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, though that 9% increase paled in comparison to the 35% increase among women. Only time will tell whether the elevated number of voter registrations will translate to higher turnout on Election Day.

Alexandra Middlewood, a political science professor at Wichita State University in Kansas, weighed in with some context regarding the response to the decision, particularly in her state.

She explained: “For a lot of older women here, when they look at the abortion issue, they remember what it was like before Roe was decided. For independent and moderate Republican women, this wasn’t a partisan issue. It was an issue that affected them, and still affects women today.”

A recent Pew Research poll shows that Democrats have placed an increased priority on abortion as an issue ahead of the midterms. Overall, 56% of registered voters said that it will be an important factor in how they cast a vote.

Broken down by political party, however, Republicans polled before and after the court’s decision remained virtually unchanged on the importance of the issue. On the other hand, just 43% of Democrats said abortion would be a very important electoral issue in March and that number increased to 71% in the recent survey.

Polls have consistently shown that the economy remains a priority for a majority of voters in both parties, which could ultimately play in the GOP’s favor amid widespread and unrelenting inflation.

Earlier this month, Republican pollster and strategist Neil Newhouse opined: “Something like 80% of Americans say that they have been impacted by the rising costs. And they have had to try to make adjustments. So it is an economic election. It’s been that way probably for almost a year now. We first started seeing data like this back in July.”