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Poll: Obama’s Abortion Record Hurts Him in Battleground States

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 9/26/12 10:44 AM

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A new poll conducted by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend company and released by the Susan B. Anthony List today shows President Barack Obama’s radical pro-abortion record is costing him in key swing states.

Likely swing voters in battleground states are repelled by President Obama’s record on abortion and religious liberty, SBA informed LifeNews today. The results of the new poll show:

  • · A majority of swing voters (54%) are less likely to vote for President Obama after learning that he voted against a law to give equal treatment and constitutional protections to babies born alive after a failed abortion (35% much less likely).
  • · After learning of President’s Obama’s record of opposing equal treatment and constitutional rights for babies born alive after a failed abortion, women (53%), independents (46%) and pro-choicers (43%) said they would be less likely to vote for the President.
  • · By a margin of 2-to-1 (49%-25%), likely swing voters in battleground states say they are less likely to vote for President Obama based on his inclusion of taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare.
  • · Swing voters overwhelmingly reject (69%) the HHS mandate that forces faith-based institutions to violate their beliefs and provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. Forty four percent of voters said they are much less likely to vote for the candidate who imposes such regulations.

“In a 2004 exit poll, 22 percent of voters cited ‘moral values’ including abortion as their most important issue, and 80 percent of those supported President Bush, clinching victory in an election that came down to 537 votes in the swing state of Florida,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

Dannenfelser added: “Today’s poll confirms: pro-life voters make up a sizable voting bloc capable of achieving victory in close elections. President Obama’s record of supporting abortion for any reason and at any time is so extreme that even supporters are turning away. Over the next six weeks the Susan B. Anthony List will educate voters on Barack Obama’s abortion record – as well as his attack on conscience protections and religious liberty – through an aggressive voter mail, television and radio ad campaign.”

Kellyanne Conway, whose firm conducted the survey, said, “The presidential race – being fought mostly on economic and employment terrain – has been stuck in neutral for months.”

“To prevail, one of these candidates needs a ‘breakout’ moment to distinguish him from the other and to hit a nerve with a skeptical electorate that believes it has heard enough already,” she observed.

Conway continued: “This survey shows that a few straightforward, specific facts about President Obama and abortion shock the collective conscience of swing voters in battleground states. His support for taxpayer-funded abortion, opposition to Born-Alive Infant protections and ‘intimidation through regulation’ foisted upon religious organizations draws the ire of between one-half and two-thirds of the voters surveyed. Even self-identified pro-choicers, young voters, independents and Democrats cannot turn a blind eye to his out-of-step views. For all they think they know about Obama, these swing voters suffer from ‘information underload’ when it comes to his extreme and outrageous record of unfettered abortion.”

The survey included 620 likely voters in four swing states and was conducted September 18-19, 2012. Only registered voters who stated that they were both 1) “definitely” (89%) or “probably” (11%) voting in the upcoming elections for U.S. President and Congress and 2) were not solidly committed to either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama were polled.

Once swing voters learn about President Obama’s extreme record on Born-Alive legislation they turn away from him. President Obama’s record of opposing equal treatment and constitutional protections for babies born alive after a failed abortion (opting to leave these babies to die without proper medical attention) negatively influenced a majority of swing voters.

* 54% of swing voters said they would be less likely (35% much less likely) to vote for President Obama after learning that he voted against a law to give equal treatment and constitutional protections to babies born alive after a failed abortion.

* The president’s record on the Born-Alive issue costs him support even among his supporters: Nearly half (49%) of voters leaning towards voting for President Obama said they would be less likely to do so after learning about his record.

* Key voter groups were also negatively affected: women (53%), independents (46%) and pro-choicers (43%) said they would be less likely to vote for President Obama after learning about his record.

When voters know the full implications of Obamacare, they turn away from President Obama. Passed in 2010, the health care legislation known as Obamacare contains provisions that allow for taxpayer funding of abortion. Americans do not want to be complicit in the deaths of unborn children through their taxpayer dollars. The polling shows that if American’s are reminded of the abortion funding provisions in Obamacare, they turn away from the president.

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* By a margin of 2-to-1 (49% to 25%), likely swing voters in these four battleground states say they are less likely to vote for President Obama based on his inclusion of taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare.

* Sixty percent of fathers, 18-34 year olds, and 35-44 year olds said that inclusion of taxpayer funding in Obamacare makes them less likely to vote for President Obama.

* Half of independents said they are less likely to vote for Obama because of this provision. Even 25% of Democrats and 27% of pro-choice voters said they would be more likely to oppose the president for this reason.

Additionally, under Obamacare the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is forcing faith-based institutions to violate their conscience and pay for health insurance that includes abortion-inducing drugs. Polling reveals that Americans overwhelmingly reject this attack on religious freedom and the politicians who advocate for such regulation:

* Sixty nine percent of likely swing voters disagree (51% strongly disagree) with the notion that the federal government should force faith-based institutions to pay for drugs that violate their conscience or religious beliefs.

* Swing voters overwhelmingly reject (66%) candidates that support the HHS mandate to force faith-based institutions to violate their beliefs and provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. Forty four percent of voters said they are much less likely to vote for the candidate who imposes such regulations.