Polls Predict Pro-Life Landside in November as Republicans Top Democrats
by Steven Ertelt
September 7, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — New polls released today show good news for pro-life advocates as the predicted November 2010 election landslide 55 days from now looks more and more likely. The polls show voters favor Republican candidates, who are more pro-life than their Democratic counterparts, so much that a takeover is possible.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll usually has sympathetic numbers for the pro-abortion Democrats who currently control Congress and have advanced President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion agenda.
But today’s survey shows that the people most likely to vote based on their level of interest in the campaign and their history of voting, give Republicans a dramatic 49% to 40% advantage.
And those who expressed the very highest levels of interest in this years election preferred a Republican Congress by a margin of 53% to 35% — an 18 percent advantage.
"If that kind of lead holds, Republicans would almost certainly take back control of the House," the two media outlets wrote about their poll.
The Wall Street Journal suggests Democrats could fare better than the numbers suggest if they worked on turning out their voters who want more of the same pro-abortion government-run health care and taxpayer funding of abortions.
We have had a voter contact program that has been going strong for more than a year, said Jennifer Crider, deputy executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
But Ed Morrissey of HotAir, a conservative blog says the results show the program has failed.
"So the DCCC has had its voter engagement effort ‘going strong’ for more than a year and this is the result? Just imagine what it might be like if the DCCC hadn’t been engaging their base," he said.
Meanwhile a new Washington Post/ABC poll also has Republicans dominating Democrats and Obama slipping badly.
Among all voters, 47 percent say they would back the Republican in their congressional district if the election were held now, while 45 percent would vote for the Democrat, the new poll found.
But "among those most likely to vote this fall, the Republican advantage swells to 53 percent to the Democrats 40 percent," the Post and ABC noted.
Voters were also asked whether they think it is more important to have Democrats in charge of Congress to help support the presidents policies or to have Republicans in control to serve as a check on Obamas agenda and 55 percent say they prefer Republicans, while 39 percent choose Democrats.
That 16 percent advantage is double what it was in July.
"For the first time in more than four years, Republicans run about evenly with Democrats on the basic question of which party they trust to handle the nations biggest problems. Among registered voters, 40 percent say they have more confidence in Democrats and 38 percent say they have more trust in Republicans. Three months ago, Democrats had a 12-point advantage," the poll noted.
Obamas overall job rating is at a new low in Post-ABC polling, with just 46 percent of all Americans giving him positive marks and 52 percent negative ones.
"The shift in momentum can clearly be seen," Morrissey says in response. "But it will be interesting to see just how much more the GOP improves when the Post and ABC finally get to the last survey before the midterm elections."
Meanwhile, both CNN and Rasmussen show in their latest polls that Republicans have already extended their historic leads.
Rasmussen shows Republicans equaling their high of a 12 percent advantage while CNN shows a 7 percent advantage over Democrats and a big shift in independents.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday, the GOP leads the Democrats by 7 points on the generic ballot question, 52 percent to 45 percent. That 7-point advantage is up from a 3-point margin last month.
"Republicans also have a large and growing advantage among independents. Sixty-two percent of independents questioned say they would vote for the generic Republican in their district, with three in 10 saying they’d cast a ballot for the generic Democrat. That 32-point margin for the Republicans among independents is up from an 8-point advantage last month," the poll found.
The new Rasmussen poll found 48% of Likely Voters would vote for their districts Republican congressional candidate, while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.
This matches the largest advantage ever measured for the Republicans. Three weeks ago, the GOP also held a 12-point lead.
"The GOP looks to be rolling towards a huge midterm victory but they should take nothing for granted," Morrissey concluded.
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