Pro-Abortion President Obama’s Approval Ratings Below 50 Percent for First Time

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 24, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion President Obama’s Approval Ratings Below 50 Percent for First Time

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 24
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The approval ratings for pro-abortion President Barack Obama have fallen below 50 percent for the first time, according to a new Rasmussen poll. The new survey follows a new poll from Gallup showing Obama’s approval ratings at their lowest since he took over the White House in January.

Rasmussen’s new survey, released today, shows 49 percent of voters say they at least somewhat approve of his performance while 51 percent disapprove.

"Today marks the first time his overall approval rating has ever fallen below 50% among likely voters nationwide," pollster Scott Rasmussen reports.

Voters with the strongest feelings either way more intensely disapprove of Obama’s record thus far, with 30 percent saying they strongly approve and 38 percent saying they strongly disapprove.

The poll shows a strong partisan divide with 83 percent of Democrats saying they approve of Obama’s performance to date and 80 percent of Republicans saying they disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major party, just 37% offer a positive assessment.

The president earns approval from 51% of women and 47% of men.

The Rasmussen poll also found that 53 percent now oppose the Congressional health care package that, currently, would force taxpayer funding of abortions and insurance coverage mandates for abortion. That’s up eight points over the past month.

Meanwhile, Gallup released a new poll showing 55 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance while 39 percent disapprove.

That is the highest level of opposition and the lowest level of support since Gallup began tracking Obama’s job approval on January 21.

Obama has received mixed reviews on his actions on pro-life issues.

Although mainstream media reports made it appear most Americans back Obama’s decision to make Americans pay for new research destroying human, life, just 52 percent support the president, according to a March Rasmussen poll.

During his first week in office, Obama reversed the Bush policy on foreign abortions known as the Mexico City Policy. That prohibited forcing taxpayers to finance foreign groups that promote or perform abortions in other nations.

A Gallup poll showed a majority of Americans disagreed with that decision.

It showed 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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