The Myth of ‘The Social Issues’

In today’s New York Times Susan Saulny’s article “Young in G.O.P. Erase the Lines on Social Issues” appears. … The article’s thesis is that younger Republicans are becoming more liberal on “the social issues,” defined as same-sex marriage and abortion. Saulny cites polling data showing that a growing minority of Republicans under 30 support same-sex marriage. …

Where the article goes off the rails is the claim that what is true of same-sex marriage is true of abortion. It isn’t. [cont.]

David Karol, U. of Maryland