A newly released Gallup poll shows that the number of Americans identifying themselves as pro-choice has dropped to 41% – a new record low. At the same time, those identifying as pro-life have risen to 50%.
The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves “pro-life,” one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009.
And it isn’t just one particular section of America, as the poll clearly indicates that all three major political groups – Republicans, Independents, and Democrats – are trending in the pro-life direction.
Gallup says the decline in Americans’ self-identification as “pro-choice” is seen across the three U.S. political groups — with Republicans increasingly becoming pro-life.
“Since 2001, the majority of Republicans have consistently taken the pro-life position, but by a gradually increasing margin over “pro-choice.” That gap expanded further this year, with the percentage of Republicans identifying as pro-life increasing to 72% from 68% last May, and those identifying as pro-choice dropping to 22% from 28%,” Gallup noted.
Independent voters are also trending pro-life, with Gallup pointing out that the percentage of political independents identifying as pro-choice is 10 points lower today than in May 2011, while the percentage pro-life is up by six points. As a result, pro-lifers now outnumber pro-choicers among this important swing political group for only the second time since 2001, with the first occurring in 2009.
Even Democrats, who support abortion, are trending in the pro-life direction, according to the survey.
“Democrats’ views on abortion have changed the least over the past 12 years, with roughly 60% calling themselves pro-choice and about a third pro-life. Democrats’ identification as pro-choice was above this range in May 2011, but has returned to about 60% in the current poll,” Gallup noted.
The first question the leaps to mind is, what level of air pollution is fogging up the heads of people in those states who actually saw an increase in the President’s approval rating? Wyoming, Connecticut and Maine all saw an increase. Three out of fifty states. Or rather, 57 states. Either way, what the hell is happening in Wyoming, Connecticut and Maine that people think things are just ducky?
Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried. If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 (e.g. Michigan where he is up 48 percent to 44 percent), Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215.
Overall, Obama averaged 44% job approval in his third year in office, down from 47% in his second year. His approval rating declined from 2010 to 2011 in most states, with Wyoming, Connecticut, and Maine showing a marginal increase, and Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Jersey, Arizona, West Virginia, Michigan, and Georgia showing declines of less than a full percentage point. The greatest declines were in Hawaii, South Dakota, Nebraska, and New Mexico.
And now for the really good news. Drumroll please….
And yes, it is the Obama economy, as they polled people on their level of satisfaction with the economy over the last four years. No more blaming Bush, Obama owns this economy.
“…a whopping 83 percent now say they are dissatisfied with the economic condition of the country, according to Gallup.”
Worse, the Obama reign has seen a drop in other significant areas as well.
Large drops in satisfaction were also seen with the public view of the size and power of the federal government. Only 29 percent were satisfied with the current state of the federal government, down from 41 percent in 2008, a decline of 12 percentage points.
Additionally, satisfaction with the moral and ethical climate of the country also dropped significantly over the last four years. Only 28 percent of Americans were satisfied, down from 39 percent in 2008, while 68 percent of Americans were dissatisfied with the moral and ethical climate of the United States.
But I thought this was the healing President? The man who could calm the rising tide of animosity in our country. The man who would become the first post-racial President, and fix the economy through a redistribution of wealth. The man who would pay to fill up our gas tank and pay our mortgage.