Polls Show November Elections Could Yield Landslide for Pro-Life Movement
by Steven Ertelt
April 28, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Two new polls show the November mid-term congressional elections could yield a landslide for the pro-life movement. As pro-life groups look to replace the aggressively pro-abortion Democratic leadership that gave Americans the health care bill and its taxpayer funding of abortions, polls show change is coming.
With the leadership of the Republican Party in the House and Senate strongly pro-life and with most GOP candidates taking a pro-life stance and most Democrats backing abortion, a party change in Congress benefits pro-life interests.
With that in mind, a new Gallup poll shows a marked enthusiasm gap in this years electorate.
Republicans narrowly lead on the generic ballot, 46 to 45 percent, which is very rare for the GOP as Democrats typically lead in party versus party polls.
But among voters who say they are very enthusiastic about voting, Republicans lead, 57 to 37 percent. Democrats hold a lead among voters who say they are not enthusiastic about voting this November and among those who say they are only "somewhat" enthusiastic.
"Gallup has consistently found Republicans expressing a higher level of enthusiasm than Democrats about voting in this year’s election campaign. Theoretically, those who are enthusiastic about voting would be more likely to turn out to vote than those who are not enthusiastic," Gallup notes.
While Republicans and Democrats, predictably, say they will support candidates of their own party this November, independents are leaning in favor of Republican candidates by a 43-35 percentage point margin.
Meanwhile, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds less than a third of all voters say they are inclined to support their representatives in November. That’s not good news for the pro-abortion Democrats who currently control the House and Senate.
"Dissatisfaction is widespread, crossing party lines, ideologies and virtually all groups of voters. Less than a quarter of independents and just three in 10 Republicans say they’re leaning toward backing an incumbent this fall. Even among Democrats, who control the House, the Senate and the White House, opinion is evenly divided on the question," the Post noted about its poll.
The poll asked voters: "Right now, are you inclined to vote to re-elect your representative in Congress in the next election or are you inclined to look around for someone else to vote for?"
Some 57 percent said they prefer someone else other than their current member of Congress while 32 percent support re-electing the incumbent, who is more likely than not an abortion advocate.
The polling prompts GOP strategist Patrick Ruffini to say he thinks Republicans "may be headed toward to a seat gain in the House of epic proportions — somewhere over 50 seats and well above the historical high point for recent wave elections (the 50-55 seats we experienced in elections like 1946 and 1994)."
"All in all, I don’t think a 70 seat gain is out of the question," he said.
Should that happen, pro-life advocates will control the House and be able to make changes to bills to stop abortion funding and move ahead with pro-life legislation and challenge President Barack Obama to sign or veto it.
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