Obama Approval Drops 5 Percent to New Low Since Pro-Abortion Health Care Law
by Steven Ertelt
April 2, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new CBS News poll shows President Barack Obama’s approval rating dropped 5 percent since he signed the pro-abortion health care bill into law. The CBS poll has him at a new low of 44 percent and a new Rasmussen poll has Obama down to a 46 percent approval rating.
Those numbers could explain why Obama is getting testy with reporters who are asking him about the low polling numbers for his approval and that of the pro-abortion health care program.
The latest CBS News Poll, conducted between March 29 and April 1, found Americans unhappier than ever with Obama and health care.
While 44 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance, 41 percent disapprove — down five percent since he signed the bill and down 24 percent since his high last April.
When it comes to health care, just 34 percent of Americans approve compared with 55 percent who do not.
The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll released today shows 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of Obama’s performance while 53 percent disapprove. That includes 31 percent of voters who strongly approve of Obama’s performance while 41 percent strongly disapprove.
Rasmussen indicates the numbers come despite positive news coverage from the mainstream media of Obama and the pro-abortion health care bill.
"Over the past week, 55.8% of media coverage concerning the President has been positive," the polling firm noted. "In general, the President has receive more favorable coverage since passage of the health care bill than he did earlier in the month."
Yesterday, Obama hit back against opposition to the health care bill.
Every day since I signed reform into law, theres another poll or headline that says ‘Nation still divided on health reform. No great surge in public support,’" Obama said. "Well, yeah. It happened last week. Its only been a week."
He also said opponents of the bill are wrong to suggest a coming disaster.
So after I signed the bill, I looked around. I looked up at the sky to see if asteroids were coming. I looked down at the ground to see if any cracks had opened up in the ground, Obama said.
"It turned out to be a pretty nice day. Birds were still chirping. Folks were strolling down the street. Nobody had lost their doctor, nobody had pulled the plug on granny, nobody was being dragged away to be forced into some government plan.
Conservative writer Ed Morrissey talked the low approval numbers in a new post at the popular Hot Air blog.
"CBS hasn’t released the raw data yet on the poll. They want to wait until tonights news broadcast to unveil some of the other results from the poll. That can’t be good news for the White House, since the big hit on the approval rating will very obviously be their lead on the story," he explained. "We do know, however, that this poll surveyed the general adult population, not registered or likely voters, a sample that should have been more sympathetic to Obama."
"He hit a new low on health care, with only 34% approving of his job performance. Small wonder Obama has taken to campaigning again for health care; hes getting buried by it. Obama might do better to change the subject," Morrissey added.
"A drop of five points since the bill passed should show Republicans that the best way to win the next two elections is to promise to repeal ObamaCare. For Obama, the best strategy might be to quit talking about it," he concluded.
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