Pro-Abortion President Barack Obama Sees Approval Ratings Hit New Lows
by Steven Ertelt
August 11, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama hit new lows today in his approval ratings measured by the Rasmussen Reports polling firm. The new low ratings follow closely on the heels of the Senate approving his pro-abortion nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan.
Obama’s total approval rating now stands at 43 percent with 24 percent of Americans saying they strongly approve of the job Obama is now doing.
That stands in contrast with the 56 percent of Americans who disapprove of Obama’s track record in the White House and a new high of 46 percent who strongly disapprove.
Looking only at those likely voters with the most passionate views of Obama, he faces a -22 percent rating — also a new low in the Rassmussen poll — from those who 70 percent of Americans who view him with strong approval or disapproval.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen says Obama’s ratings have been up and down in a more volatile way than number, but the polling trend clearly shows Obama’s numbers getting worse as the November midterm elections approach.
"Over the past week, the Approval Index ratings have been more volatile than usual and it is unlikely that perceptions of the president have shifted that much. Rather, with results reported on a three-day rolling average basis, the volatility appears to be the result of one day with results outside of the normal range working its way through the system," Rasmussen noted.
The low Obama figures come as support for repeal of the new national health care bill that includes abortion funding remains at high levels.
A Monday Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of U.S. Likely Voters favor repeal of the health care bill. Thats down from 59% a week ago, but support for repeal has ranged from 52% to 60%since the law was passed by Congress in March.
Thirty-eight percent now oppose repeal of the bill, showing little change over the past month. Opposition to repeal has ranged from 32% to 42% since March.
Emotion also continues to be on the side of those who want to repeal the bill. These new numbers include 47% who Strongly Favor repeal and 30% who Strongly Oppose it.
Overall, 52% of voters believe the plan passed in March will be bad for the country, down five points over the past week. Roughly one-in-three voters (34%) say the bill will be good for the country.
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