POLLS: Inflation Top Issue; Virginians Reject Democrats’ Position on Abortion

by Shaun Kenney

New polling data from Founders Insight reveal that 24% of Virginians are putting inflation as their top concern heading into the November elections, with abortion coming in at 15% and split between Democrats and Republicans.

To make matters worse for Virginia Democrats, a summer spent pushing abortion rights has backfired spectacularly, as the Planned Parenthood life of 40 weeks (and beyond) is wildly unpopular with most Virginians.

Making matters worse, Planned Parenthood’s so-called “reproductive rights” state constitutional amendments such as the one in Ohio this year go even further, allowing not only for abortion up to the moment of birth, but even permitting gender reassignment surgeries alongside a repeal of parental notification and parental consent.

Virginia Democrats are not hiding the football on their abortion-up-to-birth ambitions, as they continue to bring the bill before the Virginia General Assembly whenever they get the chance.

Don’t believe me on this one. Believe them:

Under questioning from a House subcommittee, (Democratic Del. Kathy) Tran said third trimester abortions would face substantially fewer restrictions.

“How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion if he indicated it would impair the mental health of the woman,” asked subcommittee chairman Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah).

“Through the third trimester,” responded Tran. “The third trimester goes all the way up to forty weeks.”

Tran also clarified that abortion procedures would be allowed up until the end of a woman’s pregnancy.

“I don’t think we have a limit in the bill,” added Tran.

It’s The Bidenflation, Stupid

Across the board, nearly three in four Americans have restricted their spending, and those households with children in the home have gone even further and deeper.

This recent polling reflects the same findings of the latest VCU Wilder poll in August, where cost of living and inflation were driving the concerns — and fears — of most working class Virginians:

More than one-third of Virginians (36%) believe that inflation and the rising cost of living is the most important issue facing Virginia today, followed by education (18%), women’s reproductive rights (13%) and gun control (12%).

More to the point, the issues that Republicans and Democrats wanted to talk about — namely parental rights and abortion-on-demand — aren’t even on the radar. Or if they are on the radar, the issue cuts evenly between parties.

Not so with inflation.

Inflation is the top issue for 38% of Republicans and 14% of Democrats, and among independents it remains a driving factor in their considerations moving forward — with one in three independent Virginia voters undecided yet demographically leaning towards Republican candidates.

Once again, Virginia Democrats have taken their eye off the ball in pursuit of radical and extreme social issues such as CRT, transgenderism, and abortion-on-demand.

Meanwhile, Virginia Republicans continue to hammer parental rights and book banning — but only to a point.

As the book banners push past smut and start rattling their pitchforks against the Great Books — Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dante, Vergil, Aeschylus and the like — the issue is starting to become weird as certain proponents are lumping in the Western canon with the smut for the sin of being sexually explicit. For those who have actually read the Holy Bible, that seems like an unthinking and illiterate position at best.

What does win? Common sense. Hence the reason why most Republicans are simply coming back to bread-and-butter issues on law enforcement, small business growth, and desperately trying to tackle Bidenflation.

Of course, Virginia cannot resolve inflationary pressures from Washington. Nor can Virginia resolve the pressures coming from the Russian-Ukrainian conflict which continue to drive up the price of gasoline, increase lumber costs, and drive up the expense of groceries.

Yet we all have to catch those grenades.

All the more reason why focus matters. At present, Virginia Republicans seem to be reminding their neighbors that the business of Virginia is business. Meanwhile, our friends opposite seem to be obsessed with dead babies, blue hair, and an Orwellian rewrite of history.

Thus the upcoming November elections are sounding less and less like a contest between Republicans and Democrats, but rather a contest between sane and crazy. Virginia Democrats of course know this, which is why in places where they know they are underwater — Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia — they are all running and sounding like Republicans.

If Virginia Democrats are running away from their issues today, then why on earth should independents trust them to govern in January the same way they campaigned in November?

Shaun Kenney is the Senior Editor for The Republican Standard.

Republished with permission for The Republican Standard.

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58 responses to “POLLS: Inflation Top Issue; Virginians Reject Democrats’ Position on Abortion”

  1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    Didn’t mention the headline result – from a Republican pollster no less… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f935682e7dcdcff9849b57e00512bc463e997c32bcff962e4a428b24e78e2d62.jpg

  2. Yeah —- who wants 1.4% inflation or $2.40/gallon gas.

  3. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    16 days until early voting.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      The blue team is laughing their backsides off at that poll.. right? 😉

      1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
        James Wyatt Whitehead

        Unfortunately, poll watching and poll dancing have far too much in common.

  4. DJRippert Avatar

    It’s stunning to me that Biden thinks his economic “accomplishments” are a source of pride.

    On Jan 20,2021 – the S&P500 traded at 3,852
    Just now, the S&P500 traded at 4,532

    A gain of 680, or 17.6%

    If you had $100,000 in the S&P on Biden’s inauguration day it would be worth $117,600 today.

    Great, let’s cash out.

    Assuming it’s all long term capital gains, the average Virginian owes 15% federal capital gains tax and 5.75% Virginia income tax. That’s a total of 20.75% of the gain of $17,600.

    That’s $3,652.

    That leaves $13,948.

    You now have $113,948.

    Unfortunately, inflation was 7.5% in 2021 and 8.4% this year. A compound inflation rate of 16.53% over the two years.

    That reduces the purchasing power of the $113,948 by $18,835.

    That means the $100,000 you had on Biden’s inauguration day is now worth $95,112.

    But, that only matters to the rich, right?

    Well, no. 52.8% of Americans have a defined contribution retirement savings plan (401(k), IRA, etc). Another 13.5% have defined benefit plans (which are almost always at least partially invested in the stock market).

    65+% of Americans are poorer under Bidenomics.

    Inflation gets out of control, the Fed juices rates and the stock market (in real terms) falls.

    But why is inflation out of control?

    Covid-19 was definitely part of it. Lots of money spent countering that plague.

    But then …

    The so-called infrastructure act
    Ukrainian transfers
    Student borrowing relief

    While the $4.8 trillion of borrowing approved by the Biden Administration is less than the roughly $7.5 trillion President Trump added to the deficit over his term ($4 trillion excluding COVID relief), it is much more than the $2.5 trillion President Trump had enacted at this point in his term.

    Fight inflation with overspending and borrowing. Brilliant!

    Meanwhile, Americans who don’t work the government and have to save for their own retirements get poorer and poorer.

    That’s Bidenomics.

    Note: I did these calculations literally on the back of a napkin. If I’ve made errors, please point them out.

    1. Excess spending going into a pandemic or recession is to be expected. Excess spending coming out is unprecedented and suicidal.

      It’s like putting on the gas going into a sharp curve when any sane person would let off the gas and prepare to brake.

      Worse yet, most of the money has been pissed away with nothing long term to show for it.


      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        Yep… but it’s Congress that approved the spending…. right?

        Biden sure enough is spending it , no question but he’s got “approval” to do it!

        When you look at the current deficit and debt and ask what cuts COULD be made, they’d hardly make a dent in it… unless you gut Defense or Medicare. Just not gonna happen.

        We just spend way, way more than we’re willing to tax for

        1. LarrytheG:
          “Yep… but it’s Congress that approved the spending…. right?”

          Which party controlled Congress at the time?

          Who’s the leader of that party?

          And you accuse Republicans of gaslighting?

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            The GOP approved the Trump tax cuts that started the problem! and many of them voted FOR the subsequent COVID spending.

            The “gaslighting” is claiming that Biden is doing the spending. Not true at all!

            The GOP plays this silly game all the time. They have no real recommendations for cutting the
            spending anyhow… Either cut Medicare or Defense and the GOP won’t do either.

          2. Randy Huffman Avatar
            Randy Huffman

            Trump tax cuts started the problem? The problem is spending, not tax collections. And it started when Clinton was President, Bush did not help at all, it grew exponentially with Obama. Democrats could have raised taxes the first two years they had control of everything but chose not to, and whenever they look to raise taxes, they try and raise spending even more.

            I for one have no problem with raising taxes, but to balance the budget would require cutting massive amounts of spending that would never happen, we are sunk.

            Yes Republicans are part of the problem but the real growth in spending occurs when Democrats are in control, as evidenced in the last few years.

          3. LarrytheG Avatar

            What spending would you cut to balance the budget? Take a look at the US budget – the revenues and the spending and tell me what can be cut that will lead to a balanced budget. The vast majority of the spending is primarily for Defense and Health Care, right? So what would you cut and by how much? I can put some pie chart graphics here if that will help.

            We can’t get there by cutting other programs….they make up such a small percent of the total spending as to come nowhere close to closing the deficit.

            You could possibly get the GOP to gut Medicare and Medicaid, then they’d get booted from office forthwith at the next election, right?

          4. Randy Huffman Avatar
            Randy Huffman

            You and Democrats keep asking that question but then do nothing, and I mean nothing, then demonize the right. Worse, they increase spending exponentially then say what would you cut? So what would you do? It’s clear you can’t tax your way out of it. Most democrats want to raise taxes only when they want to raise spending.

            So no, the budget will not be balanced for a long time, probably never. But that does not mean we can’t start, look at the screaming going on right now with the Freedom Caucus who want minor cuts to agree to the current budget.

            I could give you a list, but they are all incremental and a start.

            It’s like an alcoholic. Step one is honestly acknowledging there is a problem, but we can’t even get there. Everything should be on the table and has to be.

          5. LarrytheG Avatar

            If you take a hard look at the budget, and try to identify where you’d make cuts that would make a difference… get to a balanced budget for instance… where would you make them?

            The dems don’t want to cut Medicare and other health.. they want to fund it. Many of them want to to fund DOD also… but we have to pay for it responsibly by taxes.

            not trying to “spend” their way out of it.. just trying to fund what they consider to be priorities.

            If you are GOP, you start off with the idea that taxes are bad and must be cut and so you go looking for where to cut and they don’t want to cut DOD and they really cowardly with respect to Medicare which they would cut in a heartbeat if it did not get them thrown out of Congress so what do they do? They play this silly game of advocating for cuts in general but will not actually specify where.

            At least the Dems are honest about what they want to do. The GOP is not, IMO.

          6. Randy Huffman Avatar
            Randy Huffman

            I can’t disagree with some of what you said about GOP, but to suggest there is any aspect of honesty by Dems is sheer fantasy.

          7. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            “The problem is spending, not tax collections.”

            I think the issue was with tax cuts (unpaid for) not collections. Are you contending that tax cuts are not stimulating in terms of the economy and potentially inflationary at times?

          8. Randy Huffman Avatar
            Randy Huffman

            I said I have no problem raising taxes some.

            But remember there were two aspects of the Trump tax cut, business cuts and individual. I personally felt some were good some went too far, but the business
            cuts really are not as potentially inflationary as individual cuts as they stimulate business to grow and stimulate our economy.

      2. DJRippert Avatar

        In other words, Biden’s deficit spending will be about twice the amount spent in the year immediately prior to Covid?

        The same scam played by Obama in the aftermath of the 2008 bail out.

        OInce spending jumps based on some crisis, Democrats say, “Never waste a crisis” and keep the spending elevated long after the crisis is gone.

          1. DJRippert Avatar

            Look at your own chart. 2009 and maybe 2010 were explainable due to the so-called Great Recession payments. But not 2011, 2012, etc. 2020 and 2021 were explainable based on Covid but not 2022.

            Excess spending for a crisis is understandable but it need ti immediately ramp down.

            This is not hard.

          2. LarrytheG Avatar

            Did a crisis cause the Trump tax cuts? DO you consider COVID a “crisis”? Did you see who had the bigger deficit Trump or Biden?

        1. Bidenomics tax revenues have fallen off the cliff due to crazy regulation growth which stops or hinders economic growth…. not to mention Bugout Biden’s energy suicide

        2. It’s also interesting to watch the blame game. According to the talking heads and news media, Republicans are always at fault, no matter what.

          When conservative Republicans try to hold the line on reckless spending, they are singled out as irresponsible, absolutely evil, etc. The pressure from all sides is to “make a deal” to avoid shutting down the government or creating a default crisis, etc.

          Then if the topic of our unsustainable spending comes up, at best it’s everyone’s fault. Larry will even say it was “Congress” who agreed to the spending. Or it’s only a problem because of the tax cuts.

          We have a spending problem! No amount of taxing will fix it. Overtaxing will just slow down growth, which is our only hope of survival.

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            Well no. THe GOP won’t specify the cuts necessary to balance the budget.

            THey just pick programs they don’t like and demand cuts even if those cuts won’t really do much for the deficit.

            We want DOD and we want Medicare and the Dems are willing to tax to pay for it and the GOP not but they won’t really advocate cutting Medicare.

            we spend more on Defense than the next 10 countries combined! If it is a priority – then we need to pay for it. It’s not “free”. We make the choice to have a huge defense budget then we don’t want to pay for it…we want to cut “other” but won’t come right out and say cut Medicare because the GOP knows they’re history if they do,

            I say, stand firm for what you believe and take the consequences… rather than play games about it.

            The GOP plays cowardly games IMO and the Dems are up front and honest that we need to tax to pay for it. They are not shy about it at all.

          2. You do not understand economics. Increasing the tax rate will not necessarily increase revenue. People and businesses change behavior based on tax implications.

          3. LarrytheG Avatar

            Totally true! That’s why taxes are generalized like on income or sales or FICA. THe other thing to keep in mind is that taxes collected and spent actually go right back into the economy. All that money we spend on DOD goes for salaries as does all the money we spend on Medicare. Does not go into a black hole…. goes right back into the economy just as if the taxpayer kept it and spent it on something else. You tax someone, then give that money to a defense contractor who turns around and buys groceries and house payments with it…. etc… Medicare pays the Doc and the Doc spends it for his/her needs.

          4. Larry, I’m not trying to be insulting, but you have no understanding of how tax rates impact behavior and the generation of wealth.

            Obviously, if we taxed at a rate of zero, we would collect zero revenue.

            But the thing is, if we taxed all businesses and individuals at a rate of 100%, the government would also collect zero revenue. Nobody would report income, because it would be taken.

            Totally separate from the moral implications of the government taking more of people’s money than is absolutely necessary, there’s an optimum level of taxation for maximum tax revenue.

            We can debate where that optimum level is, but there’s no question that raising taxes to higher rates doesn’t necessarily bring in more revenue over the long term.

            Tax implications change the incentive to generate wealth. In economics this is called the Laffer Curve, after economist Arthur Laffer.

            The details are complex, but it boils down to this:

            If you want something to grow, subsidize it. If you want it to shrink, tax it.

            Here’s an easy example. We want cigarette smoking to shrink right? That’s the primary reason for taxing tobacco at a high rate.

            Guess what? It’s working. Tobacco is taxed at increasingly high rates, but tax revenue from tobacco is shrinking over time. People are changing behavior. Nationally, tax revenue from tobacco peaked in 2010 and has been going down since.

          5. LarrytheG Avatar

            Nice try on “insulting” but I can read and I can cite others who DO KNOW and I DO!

            You’re basically peddling the same old anti-tax pablum that has been around for ages.

            Tax policy DOES take into account the impacts of it. It’s in every single impact statement that legislators rely on in making decisions.

            The Laffer Curve is a joke guy. Look at what happened in Kansas…total idiocy and had to
            be “undone”.

            You cite tobacco.. we tax it for two reasons. The second is to discourage it AND it is “working” in
            concert with other things like education.

            Give me this same example on beer or alcohol. Or CBD and marijuana or lottery tickets .

            How about sales taxes on new cars, property taxes on cars, gasoline taxes, telephone taxes, etc, etc, etc…

            We have to PAY for the things we want. We have to pay for schools for roads for police for national defense… we decide how much we want to spend and we tax sufficiently to pay for it or we SHOULD.

            This should not be hard to understand. Deficits are when we want stuff we don’t want to pay for and instead choose to do it on credit.. little different than if we did this as individuals.

            It’s fiscally irresponsible… IMO.

          6. THe GOP won’t specify the cuts necessary to balance the budget.

            What cuts have the democrats specified?

          7. LarrytheG Avatar

            The Dems, to their credit, admit that they want programs and we should pay for them with taxes. They’re not shy about it at all. They tell the truth about it. It’s dishonest to beat the drum about spending and taxes then not lay it out and let voters see it.. It’s just fan dancing.

          8. It’s also dishonest to beat the drum about the need for tax increases and then not lay it out and let voters see what it is really going to cost them.

          9. LarrytheG Avatar

            THey DO lay it out. They actually advocate for higher taxes to pay for programs like the ACA and Medicaid Expansion which are partially funded by increased investment taxes above thresholds. The basic problem is we don’t want to fully pay for what we want – a big strong world-class defense, and health care for most citizens.. If the GOP thinks we should not be taxing to pay for health care, they need to honestly say so and show it in their proposed budget – AND stand on election on that basis… be honest about it and be honest about letting voters decide if they agree with you or not.

    2. LarrytheG Avatar

      No question the Trump Tax cuts on top of the COVID spending led to inflation…

      but the reality is that Biden can’t spend the money unless Congress appropriates it.

      Biden can’t even NOT spend it if Congress appropriates it.

      So we’ve got the usual political gaslighting going on.

      1. “So we’ve got the usual political gaslighting going on.”

        Yes, by Democrats.

        There’s a time for stimulus, and a time to put on the brakes. By the time Biden took office, it was time to start putting on the brakes. He hit the gas.

        Despite warnings from Republicans and even former President Obama’s own economic advisor Larry Summers that the American Rescue Plan would trigger inflation, the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats rushed through trillions of dollars in spending and fueled the highest inflation in more than half a century.

        President Biden rushed through spending in the American Rescue Plan, ignoring both warnings of inflation and data that the economy was growing.

        Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum, testified during the hearing that, “the American Rescue Plan – 1.9 trillion dollars in stimulus – was enacted in March of 2021 at a time when the U.S. economy was growing at 6.5 percent. It was plain in the data, things like GDPNow at the Atlanta Fed showed that.” He continued, “It [the ARP] was just much too big, and destined to cause macroeconomic disruptions.”

        The Biden Administration doubled down on reckless spending with the misnamed Inflation Reduction Act.

        In opening remarks, Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) noted that Democrats spent billions in the IRA, even though there were still funds leftover from prior relief bills. As a result, the price of groceries increased by more than 11 percent.


        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          Biden can’t spend a dime that both houses of Congress has not approved, INCLUDING all those guys on the house oversight committee! “Gaslighting” is claiming that Biden can spend money without it being approved by Congress! TRUTH!

          1. You’re blaming “Congress”?

            Which party controlled both House and Senate at that time?

            Who is the leader of that party?

          2. LarrytheG Avatar

            Yes. Both houses under both a GOP and DEM POTUS voted for a budget that produced deficits.

            1. Trump TAX CUTS
            2. covivd

            BUT Here’s a chart that is also relevant:


          3. Tax cuts do not create inflation, and if you look at the revenue the Federal Government has coming in, that’s not the problem.

            The problem is reckless spending. Period. You cannot tax your way out of a spending problem.

            Your inflation chart is deceptive and worthless because it deliberately excludes decades of minimal inflation and exactly when it skyrocketed.

      2. DJRippert Avatar

        Biden tried to cancel student debt without Congress. Only the courts stopped him.

        Biden has been trying to use spending (and debt cancellation) to buy votes.

        He doesn’t care what it does to the economy.

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          THe money he would have used was approved by Congress. The courts ruled that DOE
          lacked the authority for that purpose but the money to do so was/is there and the words in the law said it was up to DOE to decide if it could or not. The SCOTUS is saying that the practice of delegating such things to the agency is wrong and Congress has to explicitly approve it. Affects a lot of things, not just this,
          ” Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said: “The authority to ‘modify’ statutes and regulations allows the Secretary to make modest adjustments and additions to existing provisions, not transform them.” so now, the SCOTUS is deciding what “modest” means. Be interesting how that plays out for other things.

          1. DJRippert Avatar

            Congress approved nothing with respect to canceling the student debt.

            Congress voted to block Biden from that fool’s errand.


            He tried to do it anyway and was shot down by the US Supreme Court.

          2. LarrytheG Avatar

            I mostly agree he pushed the envelope…but inflation is down significantly, employment is up. wages are up and the economy is recovering and doing well… it could all turn to crap between now and the election.

        2. Eric the half a troll Avatar
          Eric the half a troll

          Why would unpaid for tax cuts be good for the economy but student debt relief would be bad? They both have the same net impact.

        3. Eric the half a troll Avatar
          Eric the half a troll

          Why would unpaid for tax cuts be good for the economy but student debt relief would be bad? They both have the same net impact.

      3. but the reality is that Biden can’t spend the money unless Congress appropriates it.

        Neither could Trump.

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          Yes. But Trump WANTED the tax cuts… he strongly advocated for them and Congress agreed -even though they KNEW it would be financed with a deficit. Right?

    3. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
      James Wyatt Whitehead

      Maybe Uncle Joe can pass out some WIN buttons.
      Remember Whip Inflation Now by Gerald Ford?
      After all isn’t it 1974 all over again? You can flip the button upside down to have the letters spell out No Immediate Miracles. Ford’s WIN speech, pure freeze dried boring.

  5. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    Make no mistake–this is a Republic pollster. He was an aide to Kirk Cox when he was in the House and Speaker and, until recently, was in Youngkin’s cabinet.

    Kenney is still making the bogus claim that Democrats are pushing abortion up-to-birth and “bring[ing] the bill before the Virginia General Assembly whenever they get the chance.” His evidence: Del. Kathy Tran’s bill in the 2019 Session. It was defeated then and was not brought up in 2020 or 2021 when Democrats were in the majority. Finally, Del. Tran is not running this year.

  6. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner


    There is the “Right to Reproductive Freedom” constitutional amendment that was put before the 2023 General Assembly by House Democrats. It has the blessing and curse of being very vague, so can mean pretty much what somebody claims it means, including it can be read as providing for very late term abortions. Not sure how it compares to what is being debated in other states. But if you want to challenge the D’s, that is what they signed. A list of who didn’t sign would be interesting.

    The worst line in it: “A state interest is compelling only when it is to ensure the protection of the health of an individual seeking care…” The unborn child is not “an individual seeking care” one presumes and thus there is no compelling state interest in protecting his or her health. Right. Up. To. Birth.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      I don’t know how much of any of this will matter if people ask the GOP candidates their stand on abortion.

      I strongly suspect Virginia is more aligned with some of the states that have already voted on abortion..

      1. Stephen Haner Avatar
        Stephen Haner

        If all candidates, both sides, are forced to stake out and then defend a position, that will be a positive, and let the chips fall. But the media is deeply committed to the Blue Team and is only asking sharp questions of Republicans.

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          the “media”… geeze.. like there is no right-wing media… and only left wing media… tiresome!

    2. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
      Dick Hall-Sizemore

      Thanks for pointing this out. I was unaware of it. This pretty much undermines my defense of Democrats in this area. I wonder why other critics of Democrats have not used this proposal as evidence.

  7. Interest on national debt on pace to eclipse entitlements, defense spending amid funding battles

    Criticism of sustained deficit spending prompted house Republicans earlier this year to pressure the White House to make budgetary concessions in the Fiscal Responsibility Act that aimed to address the nation’s runaway spending. The debt service may soon exceed that of major allocations.


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