Americans Want Pro-Life President George W. Bush as Much as Pro-Abortion Obama

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 14, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Americans Want Pro-Life President George W. Bush as Much as Pro-Abortion Obama

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 14
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — A new national poll shows Americans want pro-life former President George W. Bush as much as much as they want the current pro-abortion president, Barack Obama. The Public Policy Polling Institute says the polling data has a bearing on the upcoming congressional elections in that Democrats can’t continue blaming Bush for the country’s ills.

The PPP poll found 48% prefer Obama while 46% say they would rather have Bush back.

Some 87% of GOP voters now say they would prefer Bush, a number a good deal higher than Bush’s approval rating within his party toward the tail end of his presidency.

Democrats predictably go for Obama by an 86-10 percentage point margin while independents go for Obama by a 49-37 percent spread.

The polling firm talked about the impact the numbers have on the future.

"These numbers suggest some peril for Democrats in making Bush a focus of their messaging this fall. A lot of folks who contributed to the former President’s low level of popularity now like Obama even less. Figuring out a way to make voters change their minds about the current President would be a much more effective strategy for Democrats than continuing to try to score points off the former one," the PPP firm said.

Obama and Bush couldn’t be further apart on the pro-life issues of abortion and embryonic stem cell research.

While Bush compiled a lengthy pro-life record, Obama has promoted abortion and forced Americans to pay for abortions and embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.

Bush will headline a fundraising banquet for an Indianapolis crisis pregnancy center on Thursday.

“We are honored to welcome President George W. Bush, whose strong record on life issues demonstrates his belief that every life matters,” Brian Boone, the Life Centers president, told “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate life – with a keynote address from a public servant who made the sanctity of human life a priority."

Boone credited Bush with compiling a stellar pro-life record and pointed out that he signed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, Unborn Victims of Violence Act and Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

"Bush’s pro-life policies over eight years included the appointment of two pro-life Supreme Court Justices, an executive order barring federal funds to be used for abortion-related projects abroad, and a rule protecting federally funded health employees from taking part in abortion-related activities or other practices that conflicted with their religious views," he said.

Legatus gave Bush the prestigious Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Award at its February event and last October, a Canadian pro-life group gave Bush the first pro-life award he has received since leaving office.

Sign Up for Free Pro-Life News From

Daily Pro-Life News Report Twice-Weekly Pro-Life
News Report
Receive a free daily email report from with the latest pro-life news stories on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here. Receive a free twice-weekly email report with the latest pro-life news headlines on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here.