Beginning today, I have a twice monthly column at RHRealityCheck on the intersection of reproductive health issues and national politics — look for it every other Tuesday. My first piece is about how Republican primary exit polls ask voters how they feel about abortion, but Democratic exit polls don’t:
…some reproductive health advocates might argue that leaving abortion out of Democratic exit polls is helpful to the cause, since it clamps down on potentially divisive media coverage of abortion around election time. But in actuality, by including questions about abortion on Republican exit polls, but not Democratic ones, pollsters have guaranteed that the media pays extra attention to how conservative, anti-choice voters feel about the issue, while largely overlooking the majority of Americans’ support for broad access to abortion and contraception.
And over at the Prospect, my latest piece is an examination of Obama’s challenges in appealing to working class white and Latino voters.