Quinnipiac: Americans oppose ObamaCare abortion funding 3-1
posted at 12:55 pm on December 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
A new poll by Quinnipiac shows public opinion hardening on ObamaCare as Harry Reid attempts to push it through to its Senate conclusion. Overall, American voters oppose ObamaCare 53%-36%, but the issue of funding abortion through public funds is even more conclusive. By a margin of 72%-23%, voters disapprove of using federal funds to provide abortions or abortion coverage. The controversy hurts Barack Obama’s job-approval numbers, but it’s not the only issue impacting them:
As the Senate prepares to vote on health care reform, American voters “mostly disapprove” of the plan 53 – 36 percent and disapprove 56 – 38 percent of President Barack Obama’s handling of the health care issue, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Voters also oppose 72 – 23 percent using any public money in the health care overhaul to pay for abortions, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
American voters also disapprove 51 – 44 percent of President Obama’s handling of the economy and disapprove 56 – 37 percent of the way he is creating jobs. But voters favor 52 – 42 percent his plan to use $200 billion left over from the bank bailout for a new stimulus package to create jobs rather than to reduce the budget deficit.
Only 31 percent of voters say Obama’s policies will help their personal financial situation, while 37 percent say his policies will hurt and 30 percent say his policies will make no difference. Among voters in households where someone has lost a job in the last year, 37 percent say Obama policies will help them personally, while 37 percent say they will hurt.
Yesterday, Obama tried turning himself into a deficit hawk, but the Q-poll shows a great deal of skepticism in that regard. An overwhelming majority, 72%, don’t believe Obama when he says that his health-care overhaul will reduce the deficit. Fifty-six percent of voters oppose moving forward with it if it doesn’t reduce deficit spending.
Obama has been selling this as a critical component of deficit reduction, and it looks like he got the worst of both worlds: he sold people on that necessity while failing to convince them he meant it.
Meanwhile, his overall approval numbers on health care held steady from the last poll, which is not a good thing. He only manages a meager 38% approval rating on what’s supposed to be his signature domestic agenda item. The erosion of support on health care has begun helping Republicans, however. The gap between Obama and Republicans in Congress for public trust on health-care reform have narrowed to 45% Obama, 40% Republicans. The GOP have picked up seven points since this summer, while Obama has lost eight. He still beats the GOP, but only just outside the margin of error.
On abortion coverage, the poll shows Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, and Congressional Democrats far outside the mainstream of American thought. In one demographic, 54% of voters oppose the use of federal funds to pay for abortions or abortion coverage. That demographic? Democrats. That number rises to 74% among independents. In only one age, income, or political demographic does opposition drop below a majority — with self-professed liberals, of whom 46% still oppose public funding of abortions. In every other demographic, opposition is consistently above 60%.
The conclusion is easy to reach: ObamaCare has no great support and will become an albatross around the neck of Democrats, especially as more of its components become known. They would do themselves the greatest favor by killing the bill and starting from scratch.