National Anger Over the Removal of Abortion Rights Is Catching Up to the GOP

New polling indicates that Republicans may no longer so easily take control of Congress.

Samantha Michaels
Aug 28, 2022

Earlier this year, Democrats were preparing to kiss their majority in the House goodbye. They only had a slim advantage over Republicans, just five seats. History shows the president’s party tends to do poorly in the midterms. But new polling suggests that maybe, just maybe, Democrats now have a path to hang on to the House—thanks in large part to women voters who are furious over the loss of constitutional protection for abortion rights. With about 10 weeks until Election Day, Republicans are still in a position to claim a majority, but their lead in the polls has been shrinking. As of late August, CBS News’ Battleground Tracker, a survey of a nationally representative sample of more than 2,000 voters, estimates that the GOP would win win 226 seats today, down from an estimated 230 back in July. (The GOP needs 218 to flip the House.) Analysts said anger over abortion rights was driving the change in support, along with the recent downtrend in gas prices and growing opposition to former President Donald Trump, who faces mounting scrutiny for potentially criminal acts in connection with US national defense information that was stashed at his Mar-a-Lago estate.