Obama Approval Hits New Low With Pro-Abortion Health Care, Worse Than Bush
by Steven Ertelt
December 23, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit yet another new low in conjunction with the Senate preparing to approve his pro-abortion health care bill. The polling data shows Americans give Obama a higher disapproval rating than they gave President George W. Bush at the end of his second term.
In a new poll of likely voters released today, Rasmussen shows that 45 percent of voters say they at least somewhat approve of Obama’s performance while 55 percent now disapprove of his performance.
The trend is downward as Obama’s overall approval has stayed between 44% and 46% every day for twelve days. Prior to that, it had stayed between 46% and 50% every day for more than two months.
The Rasmussen poll also measures what it calls its Presidential Rating Index — a measurement of the most passionate views for or against Obama.
The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll for Wednesday shows that just 26% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as while 44 percent strongly disapprove.
The strongly disapprove figure is the highest since Rasmussen has been polling public opinion on Obama’s job performance since taking over the White House.
The 44 percent figure to close out 2009 is also a higher disapproval number than Bush’s 43 percent figure at the end of his second term — often cited as the reason Obama won the 2008 presidential election over John McCain.
The numbers come as Rasmussen finds most voters, 55 percent, oppose the health care legislation working its way through Congress. Senior citizens are even more likely than younger voters to dislike the plan.
Voters have experienced a buyers remorse of sorts over Obama and a November poll found on the day voters headed to the polls in several states for off-year elections, Americans would vote against pro-abortion President Barack Obama for president.
Rasmussen found last month that 45% of adults say they would be at least somewhat likely to vote for Obama if he was up for reelection now as opposed to 2012. But 49 percent say they would be unlikely to vote for Obama now.
The results are interesting, especially given that they don’t come from only registered or likely voters — which would likely show worse numbers for the pro-abortion president.
Thirty-four percent of adults would be very likely to support Obama, while 40% say they would be very unlikely to do so.
The question did not specify whom the president would be running against and the results contrast with the 53 percent who voted for Obama in the 2008 presidential election (46 percent voted for his opponent John McCain).
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