Poll: Voters Want Republicans to Keep Pro-Abortion Obama’s Policies in Check
by Steven Ertelt
July 13, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll commissioned by ABC News and the Washington Post finds Americans are increasingly disenchanted with pro-abortion President Barack Obama. The new survey finds, by an 8 percent margin, voters want Republicans to control Congress to keep Obama’s agenda in check.
Some 51 percent in the new ABC News/Washington Post poll would rather have the Republicans run Congress "to act as a check on Obama’s policies."
That compares with 43 percent who want Obama’s pro-abortion allies to remain in charge of Congress to further push his agenda.
Registered voters by a 62-26 percent margin are inclined to look around for someone new for Congress rather than to re-elect their current representative — which presents bad news for the pro-abortion lawmakers who currently control Congress. That’s the most solid anti-incumbent feeling the ABC/Post poll has measured since 1989 and predicts a potential change in the political landscape in the pro-life direction come November.
The poll also found more voters are identifying as independent and they are more likely to support Republicans.
Forty percent of Americans in this survey identify themselves as independents, among the most in 29 years of ABC/Post polls and one of the rare times in which independents have higher numbers of people saying they are so than other parties.
Among independents, it’s 47 percent for the Republican candidate, 40 percent for the Democrat and among independents who say they’re likely to vote, it’s a wide 53-36 percent advantage for Republican candidates.
The number of Americans who are confident in Obama to make the right decisions for the country’s future has dropped by 18 points in the first year and a half of his presidency, from 61 percent a few days before his inauguration to, as noted, 43 percent now. The number lacking such confidence has gained 20 points, to 57 percent.
The new polling results follows a new Gallup poll showing just 38 percent of independent voters think pro-abortion President Barack Obama is doing a good job. Those figures don’t bode well for Obama and his pro-abortion Democratic allies heading into the 2010 election season where pro-life Republicans are poised to pick up seats.
The 38 percent figure is the first time independent approval of Obama has dropped below 40% in a Gallup Daily tracking weekly aggregate.
Meanwhile, Obama maintains the support of 81% of Democrats, and his job approval among Republicans remains low, at 12%.
"Over the past year, Obama has lost support among all party groups, though the decline has been steeper among independents than among Republicans or Democrats. Today’s 38% approval rating among independents is 18 percentage points lower than the 56% found July 2009," Gallup noted.
During the same period, his support has fallen nine points among Democrats (from 90% to 81%) and eight points among Republicans (from 20% to 12%).
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