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  • Personhood: The fetus isn’t a person before consciousness or a similar trait

  • Bodily Autonomy: Even assuming the fetus has a right to life, the government shouldn’t force someone to use their body to prevent the fetus from dying

  • Patriarchy: Bans and severe abortion restrictions prevent women from having proper control over their reproductive lives

  • Roughly 62% of Americans opposed the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a number largely driven by Democrats (82% opposed) and moderate Republicans (49% opposed) 

  • Most Americans (65%) do not believe a right to life begins at conception. However, 56% believe some late-stage abortions should be illegal. Few Americans say abortion should always be legal (19%), and very few say it should always be illegal (8%)

  • Personhood: The fetus isn’t a person before consciousness or a similar trait

  • Bodily Autonomy: Even assuming the fetus has a right to life, the government shouldn’t force someone to use their body to prevent the fetus from dying

  • Patriarchy: Bans and severe abortion restrictions prevent women from having proper control over their reproductive lives

  • The fetus is a person from conception or shortly thereafter because of its rapid development or potential 

  • Bodily autonomy does not trump a right to life. Responsibility for a pregnancy must be considered in most cases 

  • Some claim that abortion causes psychological harm to women 

  • Social Degradation: Abortion represents a decline in substantive, family values 

  • States’ Rights: Abortion laws should be determined at the state level, not the federal level.

Both sides are concerned with human rights and the well-being of what they perceive as a marginalized community. There is also quite a bit of policy overlap between Republican and Democrat citizens. Most people believe abortion should be permitted with restrictions (e.g., bans or strong regulations on late-term abortions).

Let's Talk About: Abortion

  • Equality: Our immigration institutions can be very discriminatory and difficult to navigate. Immigrants should not be treated as criminals or burdened with further restrictions. 

  • Stereotyping: The rhetoric surrounding border security unjustly stereotypes immigrants and inflames discrimination.

  • Human Rights: Police crackdowns on border security result in violence and unsafe conditions that violate human rights. 

  • Crime Rates: There is little to no evidence that immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, directly produce disproportionate crime increases.

  • Most Americans (78% according to a 2024 poll) consider the current immigration situation at the Mexico-US a “crisis” or a “major problem.”  Roughly 80% of Americans believe border policy is being handled poorly. 

  • A significant majority of Americans (60%) believe diverting more judges and legal personnel to immigration would be a good policy. A similar majority (56%) believe people should be given more opportunities to legally enter the U.S.

  • Majorities in both parties believe it’s important for asylum seekers to apply for approval before reaching the border.

  • Personhood: The fetus isn’t a person before consciousness or a similar trait

  • Bodily Autonomy: Even assuming the fetus has a right to life, the government shouldn’t force someone to use their body to prevent the fetus from dying

  • Patriarchy: Bans and severe abortion restrictions prevent women from having proper control over their reproductive lives

  • Rule of Law: Immigration laws should apply equally to everyone. Exempting undocumented immigrants from deportation violates this principle. Such violations are unfair for immigrants who go through the legal process.

  • Crime Rates: An influx in immigration, especially unregulated or undocumented immigration, results in higher crime rates.

  • Economic Security: A massive influx in migrants results in greater job competition, displacement, and loss, in addition to lower wages for certain occupations, strained social services, and higher taxes.

Immigration is undoubtedly a polarizing issue. However, the vast majority of Democrats and a near-majority of Republicans agree on certain reforms. Based on current polling data, it seems that the majority of Americans — including significant portions of both parties — want to see further legal resources diverted to the border and expanded opportunities for legal immigration.

Let's Talk About: Border Security

  • Severity: The effects of climate change will be and have been severe. 

  • Resolvability: Climate change can be mitigated through international cooperation. 

  • Cost vs Benefit Analysis: The costs of climate change outweigh the costs of carbon reduction or other mitigation policies. Some argue that sustainable energy will bolster the economy. 

  • Disproportionate Effects: The effects of climate change will be felt most strongly within poor communities.

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  • Majorities of both Republican and Democratic voters support planting a massive number of trees to reduce carbon and support tax credits for carbon capture tech. 

  • A majority of the country supports expanding renewable energy. However, most do not think fossil fuels should be phased out entirely. 

  • As of 2024, a majority of the country believes climate change is a significant issue, but that it’s not a top policy priority compared to the economy, healthcare costs, and other problems. 

  • Personhood: The fetus isn’t a person before consciousness or a similar trait

  • Bodily Autonomy: Even assuming the fetus has a right to life, the government shouldn’t force someone to use their body to prevent the fetus from dying

  • Patriarchy: Bans and severe abortion restrictions prevent women from having proper control over their reproductive lives

  • Effect Exaggeration: The effects of climate change may be significant, but are frequently overblown. We have more pressing priorities. 

  • Cost vs Benefit Analysis: Eliminating fossil fuels would do more economic harm than good, especially for poor communities. Expanding energy is necessary, and many Republicans say that includes fossil fuels. 

  • Hoax: Some within the Republican Party say climate change is a hoax. Any existing climate change is natural. 

  • Mitigation: Some within the Republican Party believe climate change is a significant issue and say it should be mitigated somehow, perhaps through innovative, market-based approaches.

There is partisan overlap on some aspects of this issue. Majorities of both Republican and Democrat voters consider climate change a significant problem — albeit not their top policy priority — and support certain carbon reduction initiatives. The GOP is especially fragmented on this issue. Many Republicans align with stereotypically Democratic policy suggestions.

Let's Talk About: Climate Change

These talking-points are research-backed generalizations and are not intended to account for all opinions.

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