Indiana Pro-Life Senate Candidate Dan Coats Keeps Large Lead Over Ellsworth

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 10, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Indiana Pro-Life Senate Candidate Dan Coats Keeps Large Lead Over Ellsworth

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 10
, 2010

Indianapolis, IN ( — Indiana pro-life Senate candidate Dan Coats has retained his large lead over Brad Ellsworth, who upset pro-life groups with his support for the health care bill that contained abortion funding. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters has Coats up by 21 percent.

Coats has the support of 50 percent of Hoosier voters while Ellsworth posted his worse showing to date with the backing of just 29 percent.

Seven percent favor another candidate while 14 percent of Indiana voters are still undecided.

A month ago, Coats was ahead of Ellsworth 51% to 30%. Coats has earned 46% to 54% of the vote in matchups with Ellsworth since February. Ellsworth has picked up 30% to 36% of the vote in those same surveys, but his support has been trending down since May.

Coats, who previously represented Indiana in the Senate from 1989 to 1999, is viewed as a conservative by 67% of voters in the state. Fifty-one percent regard his views as mainstream, while 24% say they are extreme.

Ellsworth is seen as liberal by 35% and moderate by another 27%, according to the Rasmussen poll. Thirty-four percent think his views are in the mainstream, while 31% view them as extreme.

Fifteen percent (15%) of the state’s voters have a Very Favorable opinion of Coats, while 10% view him Very Unfavorably. Ellsworth is viewed Very favorably by nine percent (9%) and Very Unfavorably by 13%.

Since pro-abortion Democratic Senator Evan Bayh’s surprise announcement in January that he would not seek reelection, pro-life advocates have held the lead in the race and a Coats win would be an important pick up to stop the Obama administration’s pro-abortion agenda.

Coats is aided by the fact that just 39 percent of Hoosiers approve of the job President Obama is doing, down four points from June. Sixty percent disapprove — which is much higher than the national average.

In July, the Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Coats and the endorsement is important because Ellsworth, who calls himself pro-life, let down pro-life groups when he supported the government-run health care bill that includes massive abortion funding with taxpayer dollars.

"Once again, the Senate is in great need of the pro-life statesmanship — which Dan Coats has already proven time and again to possess. His commitment to rescind taxpayer funding of abortion in health care and in every aspect of federal spending is urgently needed in the coming Congress," Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund president Marjorie Dannenfelser told

Leading up to the health care vote, Ellsworth also upset pro-life groups when he proposed a so-called compromise on abortion funding that essentially did not ban taxpayer-funded abortions in the national health care plan.

National Right to Life has also endorsed Coats over Ellsworth.


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