Potential Opponents of Pro-Abortion Barack Obama Fare Well in 2012 Polling

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 11, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Potential Opponents of Pro-Abortion Barack Obama Fare Well in 2012 Polling

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 11
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll comparing potential opponents of President Barack Obama to the pro-abortion president shows Obama’s numbers sliding backwards. The new survey from the Public Policy Polling institute, a Democratic polling firm, shows pro-life candidates picking up steam against Obama.

Looking at the hypothetical matchups, the PPP survey finds Obama leading pro-life former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee by just one point at 46-45 percent with 9 percent undecided.

Compared with pro-life former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Obama leads by a 50-44 percentage point margin with 6 percent undecided.

The poll has Obama ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who campaigned as a pro-life candidate in the 2008 presidential election, by a 47-42 percent margin with 12 percent undecided.

The fourth and final candidate PPP tested against Obama, current pro-life Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty fared the worst of the four against Obama likely because he is still not yet well known outside of Minnesota and hardcore Republican circles.

Obama led Pawlenty 47 to 42 with 12 percent undecided.

The PPP poll also asked voters nationwide about whether they have an favorable or unfavorable opinion of the potential presidential candidates.

Huckabee came in at a 35-35 favorable-unfavorable rating, Palin received a 41-50 percentage split, Romney a 32-36 percent split and Pawlenty came in with 12 percent favorable and 24 percent unfavorable.

The polling firm says the numbers are weak for Obama and show him at a lower standing than when he won the presidential election just a year ago.

"The importance of these numbers 35 months before Obama has to stand for reelection is obviously limited but it does seem pretty clear that his electoral position is weaker than it was a year ago at this time, given that his margins against Huckabee, Romney, and Palin are less than what he won by against John McCain," the firm said in its release.

"The most immediate implications of this relate to how effective he’ll be as a candidate surrogate in the 2010 elections- will folks in tough races want Obama to come appear for them or not?" it added.

The numbers are also interesting in that they are the first numbers for Mike Huckabee following a police shooting in Washington by a man whose sentence he had commuted as governor.

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