Polls Show Pro-Abortion Barack Obama at All-Time Low, Drops on Health Care

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 30, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Polls Show Pro-Abortion Barack Obama at All-Time Low, Drops on Health Care

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 30
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Three new polls all have very bad news for pro-abortion President Barack Obama and they show him at all-time lows since taking over the White House in January. The surveys also have bad news for Obama on the health care front as Americans trust him less on the thorny issue.

Gallup began tracking the attitude of Americans towards the new president on January 21 and, since then, Obama hasn’t experienced a lower polling result before its latest round of polling this week.

Gallup shows just 53 percent of Americans approve the job Obama is doing compared with 39 percent who disapprove.

Obama saw a seven-point drop in support among Hispanics and a four-point drop among white voters, but no decline among blacks. The drop in approval among Hispanics comes the week after the confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, whose nomination doesn’t appear to have helped him with that growing block of voters.

Gallup found younger voters and middle and upper-income voters were most likely to change from approving of Obama’s job performance to disapproving compared with its last poll.

Just 21 percent of Republicans say they approve of Obama’s performance while 88 percent of Democrats still do. Independents are split with 51 percent approving.

In its analysis, Gallup says its poll "provides strong evidence that the president lost some political steam in July’ and that "healthcare has become a greater factor in how Americans perceive his job performance."

"The difficulty for Obama is that Americans are not fully behind him on that issue," Gallup says, and that will likely be exacerbated the more Americans learn how the current health care bills promote abortion funding and coverage at taxpayer expense.

Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen poll, released Thursday, finds 28% of the nation’s voters now strongly approve of Obama’s performance as president while 40 percent strongly disapprove.

That’s the lowest rating yet recorded for President Obama in its measurement of voters with the most intense feelings for or against Obama and his record.

Overall, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of Obama’s performance, which is also the lowest level in the Rasmussen poll since Obama became president. Another 51 percent either strongly or somewhat disapprove.

Finally, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds just four in 10 approve of his handling of the health care issue. That 41 percent mark is the same mark Bill Clinton had when he failed to get his pro-abortion health care plan approved.

The poll also finds that Obama’s overall job-approval rating has dropped to 53 percent, the lowest that poll has seen since January.

“This is a president who needs a vacation,” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart. “His job rating is … certainly an acceptable mark. But if you look at it over time, it has [gone] south without a doubt.”

As Congress works on its legislation and as Obama campaigns to get a health care overhaul enacted, 42 percent now say that the president’s plan is a bad idea, which is a 10-point increase since last month. Thirty-six percent say it’s a good idea.

In addition, 39 percent — a plurality — believe that Obama’s plan would result in the quality of their health care getting worse. That’s 15-point jump since April when pro-life groups began talking about the rationing component of the bills.

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