A full autopsy of the 2022 midterms won’t be conducted for another few weeks, given the December 6 runoff election for one of Georgia’s Senate seats. But even as alarmist banter about existential threats to the country’s foundation blanketed the airwaves in advance of Election Day, it seemed clear that healthcare — specifically, access to abortion — was a motivating factor for many voters.
But just how motivating was it, especially vis-à-vis kitchen-table issues such as the rising prices of food and gas? A Kaiser Family Foun-dation analysis of AP Vote-Cast election polling data attempted to determine the true impact, breaking it down by age, political affiliation and other factors.
Kaiser didn’t arrive at a pat conclusion; abortion access lagged behind inflation and the future of American democracy as the single most important issue to most voters. At the same time, it clearly resonated with Democrats, independents and women between the ages of 18 and 49. In other words: Politicians who ignore healthcare-related issues do so at their own peril.