President Barack Obama is experiencing a comeback in the polls following what he termed a “shellacking” at the ballot box in November as Americans expressed their opposition to his pro-abortion agenda and health care takeover.
However, since voters had a chance to vent in November, Obama has moved to a stronger position in polling data and a new survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports finds the percentage of people who strongly disagree with how he has performed as president at its lowest point in 15 months.
Likely aided by the way in which Americans come together behind their political leaders in the aftermath of a national incident such as the Arizona shooting, Rasmussen Reports indicates 25% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of the way Obama is performing compared with 36 percent who strongly disapprove.
“That is the lowest level of Strong Disapproval recorded in more than fifteen months, since October 10, 2009. Over the past three weeks, the number expressing Strong Disapproval has remained below 40%. Prior to that, for almost all of 2010, Strong Disapproval had consistently been above the 40% level,” Rasmussen notes.
Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance while 50 percent disapprove — keeping Obama in negative territory but not in as bad of a shape as he was in November.
Another new poll out today, conducted by Quinnipiac University, shows voters believe Obama is a better president than pro-life President George W. Bush and a better president than Sen. John McCain, who opposes abortion, would have been.
The poll showed voters think Obama’s time in the White House has been better than Bush’s by a 46-30 percent margin and 41 percent say the nation would be in worse shape had McCain been elected.
“On balance, the American people are giving him thumbs up halfway through his presidency,” Quinnipiac University assistant polling director Peter A. Brown said. “Given the pasting his party took at the polls in November, the president and his supporters can take some heart that things aren’t all that bad politically for Obama’s reelection.”
The survey also showed Obama’s approval rating rising to 48 percent from lower marks during the 2010 elections, while 44 percent disapprove. That’s up from the 44-49 percent overall disapproval Americans gave Obama in November.
The Quinnipiac poll also surveyed Americans on their views on Obamacare and found 26 percent say it’s the best thing Obama has done as president while 27 percent say it is the worst thing he’s done.
The presidential election is the number one focus for the pro-life community because Obama has aggressively promoted abortion both domestically and abroad and forced taxpayers in a number of situations to pay for abortions. He also installed two pro-abortion Supreme Court justices who will keep the Roe v. Wade case and its 53 million abortions in place for decades more.
Most of the potential Republican presidential candidates looking to replace Obama in the 2012 elections have strongly-held pro-life views on abortion and bioethics issues.