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Astead Herndon, a national political reporter at the New York Times, argues that the “modern gop is largely untethered to majority opinion. state and House district gerrymandering/senate population distribution/electoral college gives them a route to power without appealing to the majority.”

He makes this assertion based on a Gallup poll from this June in which 58 percent of Americans expressed support for Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a nominally limited, but practically almost unlimited right to abortion in the United States — and in reference to Texas’s new abortion legislation, which went into effect on Wednesday. But it is manifestly misleading cite this singular survey as the end all-be all for public opinion polling on the issue.

Indeed, many Americans may not be aware of what exactly Roe is and what its the policy consequences are. Other polling results suggest that this ignorance skews the specific question that Herndon cites.

Gallup also found that this year, 47 percent of Americans — including 43 percent of women — identify as pro-life while 49 percent call themselves pro-choice. This less confusing question, which comes free of any civic knowledge prerequisites would seem to be a much more accurate gauge of the public’s actual feelings on abortion.

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