Friday, May 25, 2012
Gay marriage, abortion and the independent voter
Apologies to the extremist on both sides on the political spectrum, the latest Gallup poll on abortion shows just how pragmatic American Voters can be when it comes to social issues.
This may come to news to the extremist special interest groups on both sides of the political aisle. After all these organizations have made a good living through the years pushing their own brand of morality on American voters. These advocacy groups have also contributed to the toxic environment by simplifying every issue and demonizing every opponent.
Few issues have divided America than the abortion and gay marriage. And yet Americans are now declaring independence from rigid agendas by heading in the opposite ideological directions in these two heated debates.
Recent surveys show voters are becoming more progressive on gay marriage. The divide and conquer strategy that worked my party back in 2004 will never again be as effective as it was during the George W. Bush’s reelection campaign.
At the same time polls are showing that voters are becoming more conservative on abortion. Even though most believe abortion should be legal in some cases.
So what does it mean? Attitudes on abortion are changing, but not overnight and the same is true for gay marriage. President Obama is likely to lose the swing state of North Carolina because he came out in support of marriage equality. Republicans are just as likely to lose suburban women and other swing voters if they go too far on abortion in the next few months, The GOP presidential primary campaign underlined that fact in bright red ink earlier this year.
Still attitudes are changing on both issues. And the extremist on both sides will soon find themselves out of touch and stuck in the dark ages.