Pro-Life Voters Favor McCain Over Obama, But Some are Defecting

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 22, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Voters Favor John McCain Over Barack Obama, But Some are Defecting

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 22
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — New surveys show pro-life voters side with John McCain over leading Democratic candidate Barack Obama. However, a large enough number of pro-life advocates are supporting Obama that it presents concern that Obama is still perceived as pro-life despite his strongly-abortion position.

McCain is able to make up most of the deficit because his moderate reputation is attracting votes who support legal abortions even though he a long-time pro-life voting record on abortion votes.

In California, a new poll of registered voters by Survey USA shows Obama has a 49 to 41 percent lead among all state voters.

Among pro-life voters, McCain has a 72 to 21 percent lead while Obama leads among pro-abortion voters 64-24 percent.

Survey USA shows McCain leading Obama 48 to 45 percent in Missouri but his lead would be larger if more pro-life voters didn’t back his pro-abortion rival.

McCain leads among pro-life voters 66 to 28 percent while Obama had a lead among abortion advocates of 59 to 33 percent.

And in North Carolina, the Survey USA poll finds McCain with a 51 to 43 percent advantage.

Pro-life voters prefer McCain by a 65 to 31 percent split while abortion advocates are in Obama’s camp by a 57 to 38 percent margin.

Obama leads McCain 48 to 40 percent in Pennsylvania, a top battleground state, but McCain would be closer to his rival if 28 percent of pro-life voters didn’t back Obama. Some 56 percent support McCain while Obama leads among abortion advocates 60 to 31 percent.

The two candidates are tied in New Mexico at 44 percent because the highest number of pro-life voters of any of the states have defected to the pro-abortion candidate.

While McCain gets a 59 to 30 percent lead among pro-life voters, Obama has a 57 to 31 percent with pro-abortion voters.

The polls make it clear that pro-life advocates have heir work cut out or them to educate the public that Obama has a strongly-abortion position.

He has voted repeatedly for taxpayer-funded abortions, against any abortion limits like parental involvement, and blocked a bill in the Illinois legislature to protect newborns who survive botched abortions.