Gallup Poll Showing Independent Voters Backing GOP Good News for Pro-Lifers
by Steven Ertelt
July 1, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new Gallup poll released today finds independent voters backing Republican candidates for Congress by double digits. That’s good news for the pro-life movement as it seeks to defeat abortion advocates and return control of Congress to pro-life lawmakers.
Gallup finds that, by an average 10 percentage-point margin since March, 45% to 35%, independent registered voters have consistently preferred the Republican to the Democrat when asked which congressional candidate they would vote for in their district.
"Independents’ preference for Republicans has been generally consistent over this time, with the gap in favor of Republicans increasing slightly since March, from 8 to 12 points," Gallup notes.
The data is based on monthly averages of Gallup Daily tracking, including interviews with more than 6,000 registered voters each month. According to Gallup, independents, as they often do, will determine the fate of the 2010 Congressional elections.
"Typically, Republican and Democratic identifiers show a high degree of loyalty to their party’s candidate in voting for Congress. Since March, an average of 92% of Democrats and 94% of Republicans have said they would vote for their party’s candidate if the election were held today," it said. "As such, the voting preferences of independents are a key component in determining overall preferences leading up to Election Day, and the eventual outcome of the election."
"A key to winning elections for the Democratic and Republican Parties is to appeal to independent voters. Thus far in the 2010 election campaign, Republicans have attracted greater support from independents than have Democrats," the polling firm says.
The reason? Gallup says pro-abortion President Barack Obama is turning off independent voters and pushing them towards Republican candidates.
But turnout also greatly affects the election results and Gallup notes it tends to be highest among Republican identifiers.
Although the pro-life movement supports pro-life candidates of either political party, with pro-abortion Democrats bringing a massive health care bill that funds abortions and preventing votes on pro-life amendments and legislation, electing Republicans provides the best hope for unborn children at this time.
And with most Republican candidates pro-life and most Democrats in this election cycle pro-abortion, polling data like this shows the November congressional elections will likely be a boon for the pro-life movement.
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