Support for Repeal of Pro-Abortion Health Care Rises as Obama Approval Hits New Low

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 12, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Support for Repeal of Pro-Abortion Health Care Rises as Obama Approval Hits New Low

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 12
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — New polling data from Rasmussen Reports shows the percentage of Americans supporting the repeal of the pro-abortion health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law is increasing. Meanwhile, Obama’s own approval rating has hit a new low, according to polling data from Gallup that now has more Americans disapproving than approving.

Three weeks after Congress approved the health care bill, which contains massive abortion funding and promotion, support for repealing it has risen four percent to 58 percent, with 50 percent of Americans strongly favoring repeal.

On the other side, just 38 percent oppose repealing the pro-abortion health care bill and 32 percent strongly oppose such a move.

The 58-38 percent split favoring repeal is an increase from the 54-42 percent margin favoring repeal during the last two weeks of the Rasmussen Reports polls. The week prior to that showed Americans favoring repeal by a 55-42 percent margin.

Although Americans support repealing the pro-abortion health care bill, Rasmussen finds 38% of voters think it is even somewhat likely that the health care bill will be repealed while 51 percent see repeal as unlikely. Those figures include 11% who say it’s very likely to be repealed and 18% who say repeal is not at all likely.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans and 54% of voters not affiliated with either major party favor repeal. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democrats are opposed. Republican support for repeal is up eight points from a week ago, while Democratic opposition is down seven, Rasmussen noted.

"Generally speaking, the partisan and demographic breakdowns have shifted little since passage of the health care bill. Those groups who opposed the bill tend to support repeal and those who supported the bill oppose repeal," pollster Scott Rasmussen said.

Meanwhile, Obama’s job approval rate hit a new low over the weekend and the Gallup daily tracking poll three day rolling average sank to 45%. That’s the lowest approval rating for Obama at any point of his presidency, according to Gallup.

Some 48 percent, the respected polling firm showed, currently oppose Obama’s job performance in the White House, which represents a new high.

Rasmussen’s polling data, which covers likely voters in the November mid-term elections, has Obama at lower numbers. It shows Americans disapprove of Obama’s job performance on a 53-47 percentage point margin.

Confirming the two polls, a Fox News survey from late last week reveals a 48-43 percentage point margin of Americans opposing Obama’s performance.

Gallup’s poll surveys Americans in general, while Fox News covers registered voters and Rasmussen examines likely voters.

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