87% of Americans live in a state where the majority of people thinks abortion should be legal in all or most cases

Too bad U.S. public opinion has no correlation with U.S. public policy.

The gray line in shows how ideally, the relationship between public support for a policy should be correlated with the likelihood of that policy being reflected in laws. However, the purple line shows that in reality, the opinion of least wealthiest 90% of Americans actually has no influence over which laws are enacted. A law has about a 30% likelihood of being enacted, regardless of the views of the bottom 90% of Americans.

Look at the second graph and you’ll see why. The yellow line shows that the top 10% wealthiest Americans control what laws get passed. Their opinions are literally the only ones that matter.

I hate it here.

On the bright side, it only takes 3.5% of the public actively participating in protests to bring about political change. Voting isn’t enough; we have to take this to the streets, send letters to newspapers and representatives, and in the meantime, help people in red states who are struggling with finding abortion access.

87% of Americans live in a state where the majority of people thinks abortion should be legal in all or most cases