Polls Show Support Rising for Pro-Abortion Health Care Reform Plans in Congress
by Steven Ertelt
October 7, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Two new polls out this week show the support for the pro-abortion health care plans in Congress are is on the rise. The polling data showed opposition to the plans tanked during the month of August, but the numbers have gone up during the month of September as the focus has been somewhat less intense.
The latest Associated Press-GfK poll released today finds opposition to Obama’s health care remake dropped dramatically in just a matter of weeks.
Americans are split 40-40 on whether to support the government-run health care plans that include abortion funding and mandates.
That’s good news for President Barack Obama and his pro-abortion colleagues as the same poll in September found Americans opposing the bills by a 49-34 percent margin.
The AP poll found opponents remain more passionate in their convictions against the plans than supporters, but also noted that independents are less likely to oppose the health care bills than they were before.
Also, opposition among older Americans dropped 16 percentage points as supporters of the plans have been trying to convince senior citizens that the plans do not include rationing, even though they do. Opposition from seniors fell from 59 percent in September to 43 percent now and 38 percent now support the bills, up from 31 percent.
AP’s poll, conducted October 1-5, finds 68 percent of Democrats support the congressional plans, up from 57 percent in early September while opposition from independents dropped from 51 percent to 36 percent.
Some 80 percent of Republicans oppose the bills while 13 percent favor them.
Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen poll conducted October 2-3 finds 46 percent of Americans now support the health care plans with 50 percent opposed.
The numbers represent the highest level of support and the lowest level of opposition since mid-September.
With the exception of bounces following a couple of nationally televised presidential appearances, this is the first time support for the congressional health care effort has risen on its own, the polling company notes.
Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Democrats now favor the plan while 80% of Republicans are opposed. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 39% favor the plan, but 55% oppose it.
Just 22% of voters believe that most members of Congress will understand what is in the health care plan before they vote on it.
What pro-life groups have taken away from the bills is that they will promote abortion funding and rationing of health care.
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