A Generation-Defining Moment for Young Women

Daniel A. Cox October 6, 2022

For Young Women Abortion has become an Overriding Concern

The Dobbs decision that overturned Roe vs. Wade’s 50-year precedent legalizing abortion in the US was a seismic event. But as polls started trickling out this summer, abortion ranked relatively low among the public’s concerns. Even as it became increasingly important for Democrats, abortion did not overtake other pressing issues such as inflation for everyday Americans. 

In more than 15 years of conducting public opinion surveys, I have never seen abortion outpace concerns about “kitchen table” issues, such as inflation, the availability of jobs, health care, or even the cost of education. But for young women, no issue is more important than abortion. A brand-new poll that I conducted with my colleague, Karlyn Bowman, found that 61 percent of young women (age 18 to 29) believe abortion is a critical issue, a larger percentage than for any of the other eight issues we asked about. They ranked abortion 25 points higher than the general public overall. 

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Survey Reports

Brent Orrell, Daniel A. Cox, Jessie Wall
October 25, 2022

The Social Workplace: Social Capital, Human Dignity, and Work in America

Why is work, more often than not, the center of life for Americans? Explore the social dimension of work and the role it plays in building human connections and strengthening social capital.

Karlyn Bowman, Daniel A. Cox
October 4, 2022

Gender, Generation and Abortion: Shifting Politics and Perspectives After Roe

Three months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the issue of abortion continues to garner widespread public attention.

Daniel A. Cox
July 28, 2022

The Democratic Party’s Transformation: More Diverse, Educated, and Liberal but Less Religious

The Democratic party has experienced a lot if change in recent years, where is this change most prominent in the days leading up to 2022 midterms?

An illustration of the side profiles of four people. From left to right: a young white man with blond hair, an older Black woman with short, curly Black hair, a young woman with tan skin and black hair with a blue streak, an older man with darker tan skin with curly grey hair and a mustache.

Daniel A. Cox, Beatrice Lee, Dana Popky
April 27, 2022

Politics, Sex, and Sexuality: The Growing Gender Divide in American Life

The March 2022 American Perspectives Survey examines the growing gender divide in American Life.