With the most recent election results in Michigan, the state is becoming genetically more liberal. But that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone in the state is on the same page when it comes to progressive issues such as abortion.
Indeed, a recent survey from the Michigan branch of Planned Parenthood reveals a stark ideological difference between the Republican party of Michigan and the Democrats in terms of their views on abortion.
According to the survey, 58% of Republicans in Michigan believe abortion should be legal, as opposed to 91% of Democrats in the state who do. This is an enormous 33-point difference in opinion, just considering the two major parties.
What’s more, Republicans also differ widely when it comes to who should be allowed to access abortion services. 63% of Michigan Republicans were surveyed as saying that women should be able to access abortion services as long as it is regulated by the state, but that number drops to just 35% for Republicans who think abortion should be available on demand.
This survey provides a valuable insight into the minds of Michigan’s Republicans and shows us just how divided the state is when it comes to progressive issues. The vast majority of Democrats in the state agree that abortion should be legal and accessible, but the Republicans of Michigan are much more conflicted in their views.
As such, the Republican party of Michigan has its work cut out for it if it wishes to bridge the divide between the different ideologies and create an atmosphere of understanding and compromise. This situation could well influence the elections of the future in Michigan and drive the state even further towards a more progressive way of life.