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July 03, 2014 11:33 AM Hobby Lobby Very Very Wedgy

By Ed Kilgore

At the Prospect, Paul Waldman draws attention to some April polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation about the pros and cons of what turned out to be the minority position in the SCOTUS decision in the Hobby Lobby case. And it confirms the impression that while “religious liberty” enthusiasts won at the bar, they’re not likely to win in the court of public opinion.

Independents supported application of the contraception coverage mandate to companies like Hobby Lobby by a 55/42 margin, women by 61/35. In terms of future trends, under-30s disagree with the SCOTUS majority 64-35. In fact, the only categories supporting an exemption are Republicans (by 62/34) and people over 65 (by 53-41). No wonder Waldman concludes:

With a majority on their side, and the fact that this issue brings out a lot of distastefully puritanical and frankly misogynistic stuff from Republicans, Democrats would be happy to force their opponents to talk about contraception as much as possible.
Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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