Poll: Democrats’ Abortion-Fest Produces No Obama Bounce Yet

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 6, 2012   |   4:06PM   |   Washington, DC

The initial results are in and a new Reuters poll shows the abortion-fest that has dominated the Democratic National Convention so far has produced no polling bounce for President Barack Obama.

A daily Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday that Mitt Romney still leads Obama by a 45-44 percentage point margin among likely voters. Romney led by a similar 46-44 percentage point margin in Wednesday’s poll.

“We’re not seeing a sort of glimmer, at this point, of a bump,” said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark. “I do think we probably will see a small bump still. Maybe we won’t start seeing it until Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I think it will be very modest.”

According to Reuters, the “online survey included questions to voters on Wednesday before former President Bill Clinton’s well-received speech on the convention floor, so Clinton’s influence has not yet been taken into account.” However, conservatives say Clinton’s rambling speech of more than 40 minutes likely did little to help Obama and seemed to be more about the former president defining his own legacy.

However, the poll did account for the Michelle Obama speech on Tuesday that people on both sides of the political aisle said probably helped Obama.

One pro-life leader who isn’t surprised the heavy focus on promoting abortion hasn’t paid dividends is Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life.

Last night, she told LifeNews, “As another day of the Democratic National Convention draws to a close, it remains painfully clear that the Democratic Party is unabashedly committed to their policy of abortion without limits.”



Tobias added:

The Democratic Party’s obsession with unlimited abortion is illustrated by the invitation to Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to speak. As the nation’s largest provider and promoter of abortions,  Planned Parenthood clinics perform more than a quarter of all abortions annually in the United States.   More than 300,000 unborn children are killed by abortion in Planned Parenthood clinics annually. Ms. Richards never came within a light year of acknowledging this systematic application of violence to the most defenseless members of the human family, although it is really what the argument is all about.

As the Democratic Convention continues, you can expect to hear from more pro-abortion heavyweights, but with equally little attention to the grisly realities of abortion. You won’t hear any details about the different methods of abortion and what they do to unborn members of the human family.  You won’t hear about sex-selection abortions, or President Obama’s opposition to the bill to ban sex-selection abortions.  You won’t hear about abortions on unborn children who are capable of feeling pain.  You won’t hear about the countless women who have suffered physically, emotionally, and mentally because of abortion.  You won’t hear about Barack Obama’s endorsement of a bill that would invalidate virtually all state and federal limits on abortion, and that would make partial-birth abortion legal again (the “Freedom of Choice Act”).

Nor will many in the “mainstream news media” raise these issues, because although they have inexhaustible interest in exploring the outer parameters of the abortion-related policy positions of pro-life Republican candidates, even where this involves remote, theoretical scenarios, they continue to demonstrate a near-total disinterest in putting the spotlight on the outer parameters of the “abortion rights” positions embraced by President Obama, even on matters under current legislative consideration.