Daily Archives: Jan. 22, 2013

Majority backs Roe decision, but opponents most motivated

Seventy percent of Americans want the Roe v. Wade ruling upholding abortion rights to stay, while 24 percent would like it overturned, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that came out on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision. So why is abortion still such a significant issue in politics? One reason is that 74 percent of those who support overturning Roe consider abortion a “crucial issue” or “one of many crucial issues,” according to a Pew poll, while only 31 percent of Roe supporters consider abortion a crucial issue.

Broad support for universal background checks on guns

It seems unlikely that President Obama’s proposed ban on assault weapons will clear Congress. But there is broad support among the public for his call for expanded background checks on gun purchases, according to a CBS/New York Times poll. Overall, 92 percent of Americans support universal background checks. That includes 89 percent of Republicans and 85 percent of those living in households with a National Rifle Association member.

Pompeo sees dollars signs in energy exports

In a commentary in Politico, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, warns against letting politicians and bureaucrats derail the “staggeringly enormous opportunity for wealth creation” offered by hydrocarbon production and pushes back against business and environmental interests that would stall expansion of U.S. energy exports. “Federal policy should not block those who are prepared to risk their own wealth to create an enormous energy export industry here in America,” Pompeo. “The argument here is more than ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ – it is ‘produce wealth, produce wealth, produce wealth’ – and all the jobs that come with it.”