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Despite speculation the recent leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a landmark abortion would politically help Democrats, and speculation it was leaked to boost Democrat turnout in November’s elections for U.S. Congress, a new CNN poll finds.

In the last CNN poll conducted before the leak, Republicans held a one percent lead over Democrats, 45 percent to 44 percent on the question of which party voters nationwide planned to support in their congressional district.

The latest poll, conducted May 3-5 after the leak, found the lead has grown to seven percent.  Support for the Republican candidate grew to 49 percent while support for the Democrat fell to 42 percent.

The poll finds that while Democrat voters were now seven percent more likely to say they were enthusiastic to vote, voter enthusiasm was also up nine percent among Republicans.

The gap was even greater when measuring opinion on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision making abortion a federally-protected right, which would be overturned if the leaked draft is the prevailing side in an abortion case the Court is currently considering.

Among voters who said they would be “sad” if Roe were overturned, 20 percent reported they were “extremely or very enthusiastic” to vote.

But among voters who said they would be “happy” if Roe were overturned, 38 percent reported they were “extremely or very enthusiastic” to vote.

The poll dashes hopes by liberals that the leak would help them overcome plunging support from voters concerned about rising inflation.  In the days after the leak the abortion lobby attempted to warn the Court they had “poked a bear” and “awakened a sleeping giant.”

Traditionally, trying to make an election a referendum on abortion has backfired on Democrats.

In 2014 Texas Democrats nominated State Senator Wendy Davis as their nominee for governor.

Davis, who had become a national media celebrity for leading a filibuster of a pro-life bill, raked in millions of dollars from liberals across the country.  

Democrats predicted that focusing the election on abortion would improve on their 42% and “turn Texas blue” showing in the previous election for governor, by spark massive support from women rising up to defend “choice.”

Instead, Davis crashed and burned with just 38% against Greg Abbott, their worst showing in a two-way race since then-Governor George W. Bush’s re-election.

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Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
2 months ago

LISTEN UP….In the Beginning GOD told the MAN and the WOMAN…Be FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY. HE did NOT Tell Them to KILL Their OFF SPRING. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄😇😇😇

2 months ago

This kind of thing keeps happening to the Democrats because they are controlled by the radical socialist fringe in their party, and the members of that fringe live in a bubble that actually believes most Americans agree with them. Since, in fact, most Americans disagree with them, they are constantly shooting themselves in the foot and then looking for the blame in places where it doesn’t lie.

2 months ago

The only things Democ rats are good at is rigging elections and lying about their accomplishments.
When Trump was elected all the predictions Democ rats made did not come true.
When Biden took the White House all the predictions that the Republicans made have come true.