Polls Have Pro-Life Senate Candidates in Key States Leading Abortion Backers
by Steven Ertelt
October 5, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new slate of polls conducted by Pulse Opinion Research for Fox News finds pro-life candidates for U.S. Senate seats in four states faring well. The states have some of the biggest matchups in the November 2010 elections as pro-life advocates hope to take control of Congress or reduce the pro-abortion advantage.
The polls show good news for pro-life advocates in West Virginia, Nevada, Ohio and Missouri.
In West Virginia, even popular Gov. Joe Manchin can’t escape the very high negative ratings pro-abortion President Barack Obama has accumulated there.
The new poll shows pro-life candidate John Raese with a 5-point lead over Manchin in the race to replace pro-abortion Sen. Robert Byrd in the once reliably Democratic state. Raese’s lead comes before a local scandal that threatens to erode Manchin’s support further.
With the poll showing 63 percent of West Virginia residents opposing the ObamaCare law that contains abortion funding, Manchin is working hard to run away from the bill and his party’s support for it. But the survey showed Raese drew a quarter of all Democrats and 54 percent of independents.
Nevada has had one of the most competitive Senate races — with pro-life Sharron Angle taking on pro-abortion Democratic leader Harry Reid. The survey shows Angle seems to be solidifying her support as she drew 49 percent to 45 percent for Reid.
"In the first Fox battleground poll in the Silver State four weeks ago, 10 percent of respondents were either unsure, in favor of a minor party candidate or, as state law allows in Nevada, planning to vote for ‘none of these candidates,’" the Fox news poll noted. "In this week’s poll, those three categories add up to 5 percent. Over the same period, Angles overall vote percentage went from 45 percent to 49 percent."
While opponents have tried to boost Angle’s unfavorable numbers, they stand at 53 percent to 55 percent for Reid. And the number of Angle voters who say they are not sure if they will vote for her in the end has dropped from 10 percent to 4 percent.
Missouri looks like a safe bet now to remain in pro-life hands as the new poll shows pro-abortion Robin Carnahan trailing pro-life Republican candidate Roy Blunt by 8 points among likely voters.
Blunt, a congressman, won the support of 50 percent compared to 42 percent for the Secretary of State in their race to replace retiring pro-life Republican Sen. Kit Bond.
The Fox News poll also showed pro-life advocates holding on to the Ohio seat held by retiring pro-life Republican Sen. George Voinovich.
Republican Senate candidate Rob Portman leads Democrat Lee Fisher by 16 points, 53 to 37 percent, in the largest lead for the pro-life advocate over his pro-abortion rival.
Republican gubernatorial challenger John Kasich, a pro-life former congressman, also saw his numbers rise against pro-abortion Democratic incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland, now leading 49 to 43 percent.
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