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Prevention First

From Matthew Yglesias...It's good to see that practical wisdom and political benefit do sometimes go together:

"AND A GOOD IDEA. In case you were wondering whether the Prevention First Amendment gambit is a good political strategy, you really ought to take a look at the other Democracy Corps polling analysis (pdf)...

It's all about white Catholic public opinion and it reveals...that if a candidate "Believes in a woman's right to choose but believes all sides should come together around common goal of preventing and reducing the number of abortions, with more sex ed, including abstinence, access to contraception and more adoption," an overwhelming 74 percent of white Catholics will be more likely to vote for him.

The net 52-point advantage thereby gained is way, way, way bigger than the edge obtained by a Democrat who "is pro-life on abortion" (+24), "is Catholic and pro-life on abortion" (a smaller +20, oddly), or "is Catholic and pro-choice on abortion" (+3).

Still, the big message here is that the prevention first approach, though dismissed by pro-life activists as a kind of fraud, is a very potent political strategy and not something Democrats should drop after the initial flurry of activity. "
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