Support for Obama’s Pro-Abortion Health Care Program Drops Sharply in August

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 31, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Support for Obama’s Pro-Abortion Health Care Program Drops Sharply in August

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 31
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Support for ObamaCare, the national health care program President Barack Obama signed into law that contains taxpayer-funded abortions, dropped sharply in August, according to a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.

The results make it so one issue Democrats hoped to use to perform well in the upcoming elections will likely work against them.

The Kaiser poll has support for the pro-abortion government-run health care program dropping 7 percent to just 43 percent. Opposition rose 10 percentage points to 45 percent — the weakest showing for ObamaCare since Kaiser’s poll in May.

Democrats hoped support for ObamaCare would increase as the elections drew closer and it could tout some of the provisions they believe the public would support. But Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, admits that’s not happening.

“Public opinion on health reform has been stuck in a fairly narrow band and is not changing dramatically,” he said. “And with concerns about the economy and jobs dominating the public’s agenda, and local issues always so important in midterm elections, it is not clear that health reform will play a significant role at the polls in November.”

However, voters in the Kaiser poll listed health care as the third most important issue, behind the economy and “dissatisfaction with government" that voters say will guide their votes in November.

Forty-two percent of respondents said health care reform will play an “extremely important” role in their mid-term election decisions — with many Republicans saying so because they intend to vote against members of Congress who voted for the pro-abortion health care plan.

Meanwhile, 70 percent of the Kaiser poll’s respondents said they oppose the “individual mandate” making it so Americans are forced to buy insurance coverage — which could include abortion coverage.

Meanwhile, a new GfK Roper poll commissioned by the Associated Press shows "Americans with the strongest opinions about the country’s most divisive issues are largely unhappy with how President Barack Obama is handling them."

"In another danger sign for Democrats, most Americans extremely concerned about 10 of the issues say they will vote for the Republican candidate in their local House race," AP said about its poll.

AP added: "The findings are troubling for Democrats struggling to protect their House and Senate majorities on Election Day. They suggest that many of the most involved voters — those with the deepest feelings about issues high on the nation’s agenda — are furious with the party in power and will take out their wrath at the polls."

By a 2-to-1 margin, more of these highly opinionated people strongly disapproved of Obama’s signing the health care bill than approved.


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