Polls in New Jersey, Virginia Show Abortion Advocates Still Behind for November
by Steven Ertelt
September 2, 2009
Richmond, VA (LifeNews.com) — Labor Day is typically crunch time for election contests and as the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New jersey approach the two-months-left mark, abortion advocates are still behind. In Virginia, pro-life advocate Bob McDonnell has the lead while Chris Christie is ahead in New Jersey.
McDonnell, who has strong support from pro-life advocates in the state, holds a lead of nine percent, according to a Rasmussen poll.
The survey is the first since the Washington Post went after McDonnell for the content of his college thesis promoting conservative values.
The automated telephone poll, conducted on Tuesday, shows McDonnell still leading pro-abortion Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds 51 to 42 percent. That shows little change from the 49-41 percentage point lead he had in the Rasmussen poll last month.
Asked if the thesis would make any impact in how they voted, Virginians said by a 49-39 percent margin that it would not, with the rest undecided.
Deeds has been aggressively attacking McDonnell on abortion but the last Rasmussen survey found voters give the pro-life candidate a 12-point edge in terms of trust on the abortion issue.
Meanwhile, despite bad news for his campaign, two separate polls show Christ ahead of pro-abortion Gov. Jon Corzine in the Garden State.
Christie has actually expanded his lead to 10 percent, according to a new poll conducted by the polling institute at Quinnipiac University. It shows Christie leads Corzine among likely voters 47 percent to 37 percent after having a 6-point lead earlier in the month.
A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll also released on Tuesday shows Christie holding on to a 5-point lead, 47-42 percent, over Corzine. That is unchanged from the July poll that college’s survey institute conducted.
Though Christie has a lead, the poll shows percentage of New Jersey voters who have an unfavorable opinion of Christie increased by 10 points — from 20 to 30 percent — from July through September.
In Virginia this month, the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC announced the launch of www.DeedsisForAbortion.com, which it says is "a new web site dedicated to getting out the truth about just how pro-abortion Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds actually is."
Holly Smith, the chair of the PAC, told LifeNews.com today that VSHL created it because Deeds has been treading on a "moderate" reputation when he is strongly supportive of abortion in all cases.
"Coming out of the Democratic primaries where three pro-abortion candidates faced off, Deeds’ appeal to activists that more consistently vote in primaries was that he was from outside of northern Virginia, yet still had ‘Northern Virginia values,’" Smith explains.
"His voting record on our issues was pretty disingenuous as a delegate, where he tried to weaken and kill bills before voting for their final passage, but at least he did throw some votes our way," she said.
Yet, when the state senator’s ambitions had him run for attorney general and, now, for governor, he has moved in the pro-abortion direction.
In New Jersey, earlier in the campaign, Christie added a "Shared Values" page to his campaign web site stating he is pro-life.
"I am pro-life," Christie declares. "I am devoted to giving a voice to and taking action for those that are unable to protect themselves."
Former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, both pro-life advocates, have endorsed Christie.
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