I've seen various Republican commentators claiming that part of the reason we lost is that people rejected the pro-life message. Likewise, I've seen some liberal bloggers proclaiming this election as a great win for the "pro-choice" cause.
Abortion was discussed less in this election cycle than in any I can remember. When it was discussed, it usually seemed like an afterthought to all involved. In fact, the only time I remember the issue getting any serious play was right after Palin was nominated when social conservatives praised Palin for carrying her Downs Syndrome child Trig to term while liberals scorned her for it. (When they bothered to admit Trig was even hers.)
After a couple of weeks the whole thing died down again and we were back to barely talking about it.
It's true that conservatives tried to gin up interest in Obama's record, but the press basically buried the story. I seem to remember seeing links to news stories about undecided pro-life voters who couldn't decide which candidate was more in line with their views.
In an election where the press seems to have actively hid Obama's views on abortion and the issue didn't get much play, how can anyone seriously argue that we have any new insights into the public's view on the subject?