New Pew Poll Shows Strong Partisan Divide in Pro-Abortion Obama Approval Rating

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 6, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Pew Poll Shows Strong Partisan Divide in Pro-Abortion Obama Approval Rating

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 6
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — There is typically a partisan divide on the issue of abortion, which makes it no surprise that a new poll shows a strongly partisan split on pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s approval ratings. Democrats give Obama high marks while Republicans are more likely to disapprove of his job as president.

Though Obama talked about promoting bipartisanship as president, his lengthy pro-abortion record has turned off Republican voters.

According to Pew, Obama has a 61-point partisan gap in opinions about his job performance by virtue of a 88 percent job approval among Democrats and a low 27 percent approval rating from Republicans.

Pew notes that Obama’s partisan gap is the biggest of any incoming president going back to Richard Nixon in 1969. By comparison, there was a somewhat smaller 51-point partisan gap in views of George W. Bush’s job performance in April 2001, a few months into his first term.

The Pew poll finds 57 percent of independent voters give Obama a positive job approval rating, meaning pro-life advocates need to step up their efforts to educate the public on how aggressively Obama has promoted abortion as president.

While Pew has Obama’s overall approval raring at 59 percent, a Zogby poll from late March shows lower numbers.

The poll found 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 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.”

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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