ATLANTA – Atlanta voters had mixed opinions on whether access to abortion or the economy will have a greater impact on how they will cast their ballots in November’s midterm elections.
“Honestly, economy,” one woman, Kaia, told Fox News. “My money is everything. Money rules the world.”
However, Jasmine said that while the economy is important, “the bigger issue for me would be women being able to support themselves and having that choice.”
“Especially as a woman, having an abortion is very important,” she added.
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With less than three weeks to go before the midterm elections, Democrats are ramping up pro-choice campaigns in hopes of retaining their majority in Congress while GOP candidates focus on the economy and rising crime. According to a Fox News poll released Sunday, nearly 90% of registered voters were extremely or very concerned about inflation – more than any other issue. Abortion policy in sixth place with 71%
“That’s a tough question because I have a daughter and abortion, it’s something that could potentially affect her,” Al, from Atlanta, told Fox News. “But I would now say, for me, the economy. It’s a big deal.”
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“It affects everything,” he added. “And I think a lot of people will fight.”
Inflation has remained high since hitting a 40-year high of 9.1% in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past month, it has declined slightly to 8.2%.
“At the end of the day, you need money to have an abortion,” Kaia said. “My stance on abortion is your body, but I understand where everyone else is coming from.”
“It could make life cheaper if people had abortions,” she added.
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Reproductive rights became a key issue for Democrats after the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade, reversing almost 50 years of precedent for securing abortion rights.
“I want to make sure we have abortion rights in Georgia,” one woman, Olivia, told Fox News.
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“Same,” her friend Christina chimed in. “Abortion is like women’s health.
But Simon told Fox News: “I don’t think you can break it down that way. I think both are actually really important issues.”
“When you focus on things that are important right away, I think people focus more on the economy,” he said. But in the long term, “I think abortion and just universal rights are kind of on people’s minds, too.”