After President Trump was elected despite his famously misogynistic words and actions, many Americans worried that the country was going backward on gender issues.

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Price, then a representative, said in 2012 that “not one” woman actually had trouble affording birth control.

The evidence suggests he’s very wrong about this — yet he’s the public official with the most power over what happens to the birth control mandate in the future.

It seems clear that the American public has much more progressive views on women’s health issues than does the Republican Party — or at least the policies that the party has chosen to make a priority these days.

But Robert Cowell and Laura Dillon had more in common than just a privileged upbringing.

One-third of women of reproductive age told pollsters that if they or a loved one needed birth control today, they could pay no more than $10 for it out of pocket.

Fourteen percent said they couldn’t afford to pay anything at all.(The poll was fielded March 2 through 6 and surveyed a representative sample of 1,094 registered voters nationwide.) Eighty percent of voters believe that a woman should be able to have sex for pleasure without worrying about pregnancy.That’s about the same proportion of voters, 76 percent, who said men should be able to have sex for pleasure without worrying about pregnancy.A majority of voters (55 percent) oppose banning Medicaid from covering abortions at all — even though Medicaid has been banned from covering most abortions for 40 years due to the Hyde Amendment.These findings from the Perry Undem poll track pretty closely with a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll on public attitudes toward women’s health care and Planned Parenthood.However, only 37 percent of men said they had personally benefited from a partner’s access to affordable birth control.