Poll Shows Obama’s Approval Rating at Lowest Point of His Pro-Abortion Presidency
by Steven Ertelt
June 30, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new Rasmussen poll not only shows pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s approval rating at the lowest of any point during his presidency, but it has Obama with a net negative for the first time among voters with the most intense support or opposition of his tenure.
The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll now shows 31 percent of the voters nationwide strongly approve of Obama’s presidency. Conversely, 33 percent of voters strongly disapprove of his presidency.
Rasmussen calls the net negative of 2 percent the Presidential Approval Index and it has stayed in a narrow range between +2 and -2 for the last few weeks with the current rating his lowest.
The poll found the typical partisan divide that has been a feature of opinion polls covering the Bush and Clinton administrations. Some 57 percent of Democrats strongly approve of Obama’s record thus far while 60 percent of Republicans strongly disapprove.
Looking at a more traditional approval rating, including voters who somewhat approve or disapprove, 54 percent of Americans say they at least somewhat approve of Obama’s performance so far while 46 percent disapprove.
When it comes to abortion, specifically, one poll has shown that Americans are not happy with Obama’s decision-making.
A February Gallup poll found 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.
As LifeNews.com reported, the pro-life policy had been in place during the entirety of the Bush administration and Obama rescinded it on his first week in office.
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.
The pro-abortion move also evoked the least support from Democrats and the most opposition from Republicans and independents.
While 59 percent of Democrats supported the move, it came in last among the seven total issues on which Gallup surveyed.
Only 8 percent of Republicans backed overturning the limits as did just 33 percent of the independent voters surveyed — with opposition higher about this action than any other Obama has taken a president.
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