Louisiana Poll Has Pro-Life Sen. David Vitter Leading Democrat Charlie Melancon
by Steven Ertelt
September 1, 2010
Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) — Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, a pro-life Republican, continues to lead his Democratic opponent Charlie Melancon, according to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Vitter, who is seeking a second term, ahead 54-33 percent.
Five percent prefer some other candidate, while seven percent are not sure.
"These findings have shown little change since early January," Rasmussen notes. "Since then, Vitter has earned anywhere from 53% to 57% of the vote, while Melancons support has remained in the narrow range of 33% to 36%. In late June, Vitter held a 53% to 35% advantage over Melancon."
Vitter is favored by 85% of Republicans, while Melancon only picks up support from 59% of Democrats. Among voters not affiliated with either political party, Vitter leads Melancon 55% – 27%.
Seventy percent of all Louisiana voters regard Vitter as a conservative, while Melancon is seen as a liberal by 46% of voters in the state.
Malancon is one of the few pro-life Democrats to vote against the pro-abortion, government-run health care bill in the House.
However, pro-life advocates are concerned that his victory in Louisiana would make it easier for pro-abortion Senate Democrats to keep control of the Senate, where they approved the pro-abortion bill, have defeated pro-life bills and amendments, and approved President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion Supreme Court judges.
Vitter has a 100 percent pro-life voting record from the National Right to Life Committee while Melancon has voted right on pro-life issues but upset the organization with his vote on the DISCLOSE Act, which would place stringent limits on the ability of pro-life groups to inform the public about legislative and political happenings.
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