Pollster: Pro-Life Republicans Will Take House From Pro-Abortion Dems 227-208
by Steven Ertelt
October 13, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading national pollster says his survey of polling data in House races across the country shows pro-life Republicans will retake the House of Representatives from the pro-abortion Democrats who currently control the chamber. Ipsos pollster Cliff Young projects a 227-208 split for the GOP.
Should that happen, it would reveal just how frustrated American voters are with the Obama administration and his allies on Capitol Hill, who have promoted abortion extensively, including through the ObamaCare health care reform bill.
The analysis comes along with a new Ipsos poll showing voters prefer the Republican candidate in their Congressional district to the Democrat on a 48-44 percentage point margin.
The poll also projects Democrats will retain control of the Senate, but on a much narrower 52-48 vote margin than the current 59-41 split they now enjoy.
That makes it much easier for pro-life lawmakers to use filibusters to block Obama’s pro-abortion judicial nominees and further efforts to promote taxpayer funding of abortion and embryonic stem cell research.
The new poll found Obama’s own approval mark dropped to 43 percent from 47 percent last month and now 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the job he’s doing as president — the lowest numbers in the Ipsos/Reuters poll since Obama took over the White House in January 2009.
Even Democrats nationwide increasingly disapprove as Obama’s approval rating with them lowered from 78 to 70 percent.
Meanwhile, new polling data released by The Hill today shows Republicans faring well in most of the top House races.
"Republicans are winning eight out of 10 competitive open House seats surveyed," it reported. "Taken on top of 11 GOP leads out of 12 freshman Democratic districts polled last week, The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll points toward 19 Republican victories out of 22 races, while Democrats win only two and one is tied."
Congressional Democrats also allowed taxpayer financing of abortions in the nation’s capital — making it so abortions are paid for with federal funds in the District of Columbia for the first time in more than a decade.
Democrats in the House also denied pro-life Rep. Chris Smith a vote on an amendment to restore a consistent application of Kemp-Kasten for all organizations the federal government funds, including the UNFPA. That would have stopped the Obama administration from allowing taxpayer funding of the UNFPA, which has been found to be complicit in the forced abortion one-child policies in China.
Smith also wanted to offer an amendment to limit international family planning funds to those organizations that certify that they will not perform abortions or lobby for the legalization of abortion.
That would have the effect of reversing President Barack Obama’s decision to overturn the Mexico City Policy and force taxpayers to fund groups that promote and perform abortions overseas.
Democrats prevented a vote on that amendment, too.
Republicans, for their part, have pushed the pro-life agenda — starting with a measure that would repeal the pro-abortion health care bill.
They also released their Pledge to America in September and it includes a call for a ban on all taxpayer funding of abortions and an aggressive strike against the ObamaCare law.
When it comes to abortion, the Republican "Pledge to America" says "Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to using tax dollars to pay for abortion, and the executive order issued by President Obama in conjunction with congressional passage of the health care law is inadequate to ensure taxpayer funds are not used in this manner."
The pledge document calls for a bill to "Permanently Prohibit Taxpayer Funding of Abortion."
"We will permanently end taxpayer funding of abortion and codify the Hyde Amendment," the document promises.
"We will establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion and subsidies for insurance coverage that includes abortion, this includes enacting into law what is known as the Hyde Amendment. We will also enact into law conscience protections for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and hospitals," the draft document says.
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