Opposition to Pro-Abortion Health Care Increases, Polls Show GOP Ahead for 2010

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 7, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Opposition to Pro-Abortion Health Care Increases, Polls Show GOP Ahead for 2010

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 7
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Several new polls out today show opposition to the pro-abortion health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law increasing. Meanwhile, they show that opposition is making it so Republicans have a distinct advantage over Democrats heading into the November mid-term elections.

A new Pollster compilation of polls finds a 51.1 percent majority oppose the pro-abortion health care bill while just 39.9 percent support it.

The spread has widened since it passed Congress and Obama signed it.

Philip Klein of the conservative American Spectator says "the idea that once the public becomes aware of the actual details of the bill, they’ll like it more, hasn’t quite panned out yet."

"Maybe President Obama will be vindicated over time. But at the very minimum, we can say for now that passage of the law — and the triumphant media coverage that followed — has not made a dent in the overwhelming public opposition to the bill, and actually made it worse," he observed.

In the wake of the strong public opposition to the pro-abortion health care bill, Republicans, who generally tend to be pro-life, are ahead of Democrats, who trend pro-abortion, in the coming congressional elections.

A new Gallup poll today shows "Republicans continue to show much greater enthusiasm than Democrats about voting in the 2010 elections."

Enthusiasm rose among both parties after passage of healthcare reform on March 21, but has since leveled off among Democrats. Now, 54 percent of Republicans are said to be very enthusiastic about voting in November compared with just 35 percent of Democrats.

Ed Morrissey of the conservative HotAir blog, responded.

"If you thought that Republicans had already gotten enthusiastic for this year’s midterms, you haven’t seen anything yet," he said. "GOP enthusiasm increased four points, while Democratic voter enthusiasm has plateaued. Republican enthusiasm has increased in the last three weeks, going from 39% on March 14th to 54% now."

"The enthusiasm gap keeps widening in favor of Republicans, and that is significant. The anger from the radical Democratic agenda has GOP voters motivated and in an activist mood," Morrissey observed.

"That is apart from the normally better turnout of Republicans in the general adult population (the kind of sampling used by Gallup), and it doesn’t just include registered Republicans. Independents will be more motivated this year to show up at the polls and vote against the Democrats they helped elect in the last two election cycles," Morrissey concluded.

As evidence of the opposition to the pro-abortion health care bill, a new poll shows even voters in liberal Michigan oppose it.

Of 600 voters asked, 48% said the new law is bad, and 45% said it’s good, according to a Rasmussen survey.

And Rasmussen finds in Massachusetts, 48% favor repeal of new health care law while 48% oppose repeal, surprising given the liberal bent of the state.
Forty-six percent (46%) of Massachusetts voters say the health care plan is good for America, while 44% view it as bad.

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