Pollster Says President Barack Obama Weak on Abortion Despite Approval Rating

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

Pollster Says President Barack Obama Weak on Abortion Despite Approval Rating

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 6
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama continues to enjoy a strong approval rating but one leading pollster says he could be weak on issues such as abortion. While the public generally approves of Obama’s performance, Gallup pollster Frank Newport says Obama’s pro-abortion record is costing him support.

“The data actually show some areas of concern [for Obama],” Newport, the editor in chief of the Gallup Poll, told the Christian Science Monitor.

Although Obama enjoys broad public support, Newport explained that it doesn’t mean Americans have shifted away from their position on key issues such as abortion.

In fact, a recent Pew poll found the level of support for abortion has fallen among virtually every socio-economic category to its lowest level in 15 years.

“I do not think the public has moved radically liberal on a lot of social and values issues,” Newport said. “And there is some evidence even on abortion there may be somewhat of a retrenchment there."

He added that the "public remains conservative on social and value issues."

“Those are three issues where I would be sensitive were I Obama’s pollster,” Newport told the Monitor.

Obama has compiled an extensive pro-abortion record since the presidential election last year and taking over the White House. Since then, the only poll specifically to cover Americans’ reaction to his abortion promotion is a Gallup survey on the Mexico City Policy.

The poll found a majority of Americans opposed Obama’s decision to overturn 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 opposed Obama’s pro-abortion decision while just 35 percent supported it and 7 percent had 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.

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