Pro-Abortion President Barack Obama’s Approval Rating Drops to 50 Percent

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 25, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion President Barack Obama’s Approval Rating Drops to 50 Percent

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 25
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The more President Barack Obama promotes abortion the more his approval rating drops. Now, a new Zogby poll essentially finds Americans split 50-50 on the success of Obama as president, which is a far cry from the January polls that showed him starting off with the support of nearly 70 percent.

The new Zogby survey released this afternoon shows the president’s “excellent or good” job performance rating hitting 50 percent, down 3 points the poll earlier this month.

That’s also a drop from Feb. 21-23 polling by Gallup showing 59% of Americans giving Obama a positive review and the high 60s Obama tallied at the beginning of his presidency.

The Zogby poll finds 49 percent of Americans rate Obama’s job performance as fair or worse.

“The numbers are going down,” pollster John Zogby told the Boston Herald newspaper. “It’s not because of the gaffes, but a combination of high expectations and that things aren’t moving fast enough with the economy.”

But Zogby admitted that Obama’s recent stumbling — such as his callous remark disparaging mentally disabled people in the Special Olympics — helps Obama opponents form their perception of him.

The survey indicates the partisan divide over the Bush administration continues with regard to Obama. While 91 percent of Democrats rate the president favorably only 14 percent of Republicans support his performance in office.

On Obama’s job performance, 87% of Democrats grade it as excellent or good, compared to 9% of Republicans.

Earlier this month, two experienced pollsters indicated the data shows President Barack Obama’s support is dropping and that it is lower than President Bush’s at this time in his presidency. They also point out that Obama has driven up high negative numbers among some voters, likely due to his promotion of abortion.

Douglas Schoen, a pollster for former president Bill Clinton, and independent pollster Scott Rasmussen penned an analysis for the Wall St. Journal.

"It is simply wrong for commentators to continue to focus on President Barack Obama’s high levels of popularity, and to conclude that these are indicative of high levels of public confidence in the work of his administration," they said. "Indeed, a detailed look at recent survey data shows that the opposite is most likely true."

"The American people are coming to express increasingly significant doubts about his initiatives, and most likely support a different agenda and different policies from those that the Obama administration has advanced," they explained.

The only Obama performance poll conducted specifically related to abortion is a Gallup survey that found a strong majority of Americans are upset that President Barack Obama overturned a policy that prevented funding of groups that promote or perform abortions overseas.

In overturning the Mexico City Policy, Obama reneged on his promise to reduce abortions as president.

Reacting to the decision in a poll conducted by the Gallup organization, 58 percent of Americans oppose Obama’s pro-abortion decision while just 35 percent support it and 7 percent have no opinion.

Breaking down the new poll further, Gallup asked respondents to state their opinion on seven major actions President Obama has taken since becoming president. Overturning the Mexico City Policy engendered more opposition than any of the other actions and it had the lowest level of support.

A second poll found barely half of Americans backed his decision to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.

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