Poll Shows Pro-Abortion Democrats in Serious Trouble in November Elections
by Steven Ertelt
June 15, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll conducted by NPR is drawing attention today because it shows pro-abortion Congressional Democrats in serious trouble in the November elections. The poll predicts the kind of landslide pro-life groups hope will allow pro-life lawmakers to return to control in the House and Senate.
The Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies teamed up for the national survey of voters in key battleground districts.
It shows just 41% of voters prefer the Democratic candidate for Congress in their district while 49% favor the Republican candidate.
Worse for abortion advocates, in the 30 most competitive districts — ones where battles will likely pit pro-life versus pro-abortion candidates — voters favor the GOP candidate by a 48%-39% margin.
Those districts include 12 open seats held by Democrats and 18 vulnerable incumbents, most of whom are not pro-life. Also, the polls asked respondents about the actual name of the candidate and not just the party — making it even more likely that pro-life candidates may be swept into office in November.
"In a year where voters want change and which Democrats are seen to be in power this is a tough poll, about as tough as you get," said pollster Stan Greenberg, the Democrat.
While President Barack Obama was able to help such candidates for the House and Senate in 2008 when he won in a banner year for Democrats, his pro-abortion record and signing the health care bill that contains massive abortion funding won’t help him or his allies in Congress because just 40 percent in those competitive districts give Obama a positive job approval rating while 53 percent give him a negative one.
The bipartisan survey found the potential landslide so big that Republican candidates run ahead of their Democratic counterparts in a second-tier of 30 competitive districts held by Democrats that are not quite as evenly split, Republicans lead 47-45 percent.
In 10 competitive Republican-held seats where Democrats hope to offset some of their losses, Republicans lead 53-37 percent.
CQ analyst Taegan Goddard, who appears to lean Democratic in his writings, admitted the results "show just how difficult it will be for Democrats to avoid big losses in the House this November."
"These are this year’s swing seats — the political terrain where the battle for control of the House of Representatives will be won or lost. Sixty of them are currently held by Democrats as compared to just ten held by Republicans," he said.
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