On Friday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at protecting abortion access throughout the country.
During the address he gave to announce the new measure — the same one in which the president accidentally read off his teleprompter’s command to “repeat the line” — Biden predicted that massive numbers of women would turn out to future elections to support pro-abortion politicians and “reclaim the rights that have been taken from them by the court.”
“I don’t think the court — or for that matter, the Republicans who for decades have pushed their extreme agenda — have a clue about the power of American women,” Biden said Friday. “But they’re about to find out.”
Despite’s Biden prediction about the incoming wave of pro-choice women voters, recent polling has shown that the president’s confidence may be misplaced. According to a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a majority of Americans said the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade won’t impact how likely it is they will vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
Even of the 37% who said the court’s decision would make them more motivated to vote in November, only 20% (less than a tenth of all the polled voters) said they would only vote for a candidate who supported pro-abortion policies.
The percentage rises only slightly — to 22% — when the category is restricted to only women voters. Even more shockingly, not even a majority of Democratic women voters said they would be both more motivated to vote in November and would solely support pro-choice candidates; only 38% of this remarkably specific demographic said that would apply to them.
Given these numbers, Biden’s claim that Republicans and the Supreme Court are “about to find out” about the power of pro-choice women voters is doubtful at best. Despite this, the president displayed only confidence on Friday, repeatedly voicing his belief that a pro-choice wave will lift Democrats across the nation to unexpected victory in November.
“The court now practically dares the women of America to go to the ballot box and restore the very rights they’ve just taken away,” he said. “It’s my hope and strong belief that women will in fact turn out in record numbers to reclaim the rights that have been taken away from them by the court.”