Pew poll: Public not particularly happy about Prop 8 decision or contraception mandate

posted at 6:35 pm on February 14, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It’s interesting, isn’t it? This election cycle was supposed to be dominated by jobs and the economy, but, lately, social issues have saturated the news cycle. No less than the unemployment numbers, they work to the detriment of the president. The public just isn’t particularly happy about the direction we’re headed as a society — at least according to a recent Pew poll that explores Americans’ reactions to last week’s federal court decision to strike down a same-sex marriage ban and the to the president’s contraception mandate and subsequent “accommodation.”

According to the poll, more Americans express negative than positive reactions to a California appeals court ruling that struck down Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the Golden State:

More than four-in-ten (44%) say they are disappointed (31%) or angry (13%). Just a third (33%) say they are pleased (20%) or very happy (13%). About one-in-five (22%) volunteer that they have none of these reactions (15%) or have no opinion (7%).

A majority of Republicans (58%) say they are disappointed (39%) or angry (20%) about the court decision. Just 21% are pleased (15%) or very happy (6%). Democrats, on balance, have a positive reaction to the court’s ruling: 46% are either pleased (27%) or very happy (19%), while 34% are either disappointed (26%) or angry (8%). Independents’ reactions mirror those of the general public, with 42% expressing disappointment (29%) or anger (13%) and 33% saying they are pleased (20%) or very happy (13%).

How’s that bad for the president, who ostensibly opposes gay marriage but says his views on the issue are evolving? Most voters suspect he actually supports gay marriage and that his rhetoric is a thin veil. They recognize that he’s trying to play the issue both ways. The Prop 8 decision — and, indeed, anything that keeps the issue in the public eye — is liable to make voters of all stripes impatient with the president’s politicking. Those who support traditional marriage will grow increasingly impatient with the president’s unwillingness to stand up for it. Those who support same-sex marriage will grow increasingly impatient with the president’s unwillingness to stand up for it.

Meanwhile, the Pew poll confirms other research that suggests voters are unimpressed with the president’s contraception mandate and totally unfazed by his much-touted “accommodation”:

About six-in-ten Americans (62%) have heard about the proposed federal rule that would require employers, including most religiously affiliated institutions, to cover birth control as part of their health care benefits. Among those aware of the issue, opinion is closely divided over whether these institutions should be given an exemption to the rule if they object to the use of contraceptives: 48% support an exemption and 44% say they should be required to cover contraceptives like other employers. …

The Obama administration announced Feb. 10 that it would modify the mandate in response to criticism that the rule would force religious organizations to violate their religious beliefs in providing contraception coverage. The survey shows little difference in opinions among people interviewed before the administration’s proposed modification on Feb. 10 and those interviewed afterwards.

Those numbers aren’t quite as decisive as the numbers about Prop 8, but they still suggest Obama blundered with the mandate; he doesn’t have nearly the support he needs to ram this down the throats of suddenly convicted Catholic bishops and those sympathetic to the Church’s cause. As Michael Gerson writes, the effects of Obama’s decision on this will linger through the campaign.

The president might have just ensured that this won’t be the jobs and the economy election, after all. The trick for the GOP candidate will be to incorporate these issues into the campaign in just the right way, adequately reminding voters that the president is in the wrong on social issues, too, but then quickly returning to his biggest vulnerabilities of high unemployment and out-of-control spending.


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Some good news in a sea of bad…

sandee on February 14, 2012 at 6:38 PM

If this ends up being an election about social issues…..Obama wins.

Notice the MSM is gladly keeping the flames fanned regarding these social issues. They realize it doesn’t help Obama but know that economic issues can’t be defended.

Ditkaca on February 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Then again we have the idiot libertarians who want to cede a vital front in the war against the left just so we can concentrate on their pet issue. News for ya, if one front collapses, the entire war effort is undone. We must attack them on all fronts.

eva3071 on February 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Will this be the social issues election, after all?

No, by Aug. there will be a hot war in the ME, by design.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 6:41 PM

No, by Aug. there will be a hot war in the ME, by design.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 6:41 PM

well, then this can become an election where a three-stool conservative can win…

eva3071 on February 14, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Where did El Presidente Downgrade get the authority to force private companies to provide free services?

Chip on February 14, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Slightly OT…Headline on Drudge…’Gas prices up 83% during Obama’…and they have an Obama ‘Frowny Face’ picture…

I’d say that this is more of a ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment.

Good Job Scooter!!!

BigWyo on February 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Rasmussen is 51 approval, 47 disapprove…Obama is now leading every R candidate, Intrade has O at just shy of 60 percent chance of winning

Rs are in a hole

r keller on February 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

“Soooooo – Govenor, do you think States have the right to out law contraception? – George Stephanopoulos

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM

And another.

Basilsbest on February 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Interesting theory from Steve Kates at the Catallaxy Files (“Australia’s leading libertarian and centre-right blog”) that Obama does not want to run against Romney and that exciting the religious base in the Republican Party decreases Romney’s chances.

“I’m not sure I agree with what amounts to a double-manipulation theory. I agree with Dan Riehl that Obama is trying to make the campaign about social issues, not economics:

‘This administration is many things, politically dumb isn’t one of them. Something in some polling somewhere must be telling them there’s just enough of an angle for them to exploit, along with their wanting social issues, not financial news, driving as much of the political discussion as possible.’”

This comment from LI reader stevewhitemd also is on point:

“In any left revolution, be it progressive, bolshevik, socialist, fascist, maoist, or bolivaran, it is necessary to knock down organized religion. The Catholic Church competes for the hearts and minds of people and does so effectively, as do the evangelical Protestant churches, etc. Further, the Church is organized and so can put out a message of opposition.

So at some point the revolution has to take the Church on, or lose. Socialists today understand the power the Church had in Poland in the 1970s, in Nicaragua and El Salvador in the 1980s, and in Venezuela today. The current revolution will not make the mistake of allowing the Church to survive long-term.

If the revolution is strong enough to take out the Church directly, it does so. But if not, it has to take on the Church in ways that compromise the Church’s moral authority and organization. It’s rather Alinsky-like, eh?”

From our friend Legal Insurrection.

Wethal on February 14, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Another Santorum position that Hot Air won’t cover.

Basilsbest on February 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Doubling one’s closet space?

Chuck Schick on February 14, 2012 at 6:48 PM

It seems to me that Obama has perfected the triangulation strategy.

Clinton triangulated on _policy_.

Obama is now triangulating on _positions_. IOW, all he has to do is thread the needle of what people want, and he’ll win.

This is incredibly depressing.

Scott H on February 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Doubling one’s closet space?

Chuck Schick on February 14, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Nah, just a sign of desperation.

eva3071 on February 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM

No, by Aug. there will be a hot war in the ME, by design.

By August, Zero will not be president.

Dirty Creature on February 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Slightly OT…Headline on Drudge…’Gas prices up 83% during Obama’…and they have an Obama ‘Frowny Face’ picture…

I’d say that this is more of a ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment.

Good Job Scooter!!!

BigWyo on February 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

The kicker is that El Presidente Downgrade is using that to justify gutting people’s Social Security accounts.

Get that?

He creates a ‘Serious Crisis’ and the uses it to justify screwing something else up.

UN-believable..

Chip on February 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I keep saying that the candidates in the GOP race for President need to concentrate their resources attacking Obowma…

… 24/7, day in/day out, ruthlessly, pounding him to dust, with out mercy!

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2012 at 6:51 PM

And another.

Basilsbest on February 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Here’s an idea! Start your own blog and stop b!tching.

JPeterman on February 14, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I have figured out why the administration chose this battle. Notice that we are no longer talking about Obamacare being bad and needing to be repealed. We’re focusing on its various components. We’re now asking them to tweak it instead of repeal it. Once again they have written the narrative and once again we lose.

Forest, trees.

creeper on February 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM

This election cycle was supposed to be dominated by jobs and the economy,

Says who? The Tea Party wasn’t about jobs and the economy. It was about the federal government run amok – which happens to also adversely affect jobs and the economy. It was about the loss of our liberties and the perversions of our system that the courts have allowed/helped fashion. That is what this election was always about.

We got this “it’s the economy, stupid” act from the right media in the same way we got the “only Mittens is electable” junk.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 14, 2012 at 6:55 PM

oh please this contraception controversy isn’t gonna help the GOP at all in the 2012 general election, in fact it will probably hurt. Many single women are independent voters and don’t want sexless creepy old men in robes trying to keep contraception from them, they’ll run to Obama and he will win.

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 6:56 PM

“Another Santorum position that Hot Air won’t cover.

Basilsbest on February 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM”

protein wisdom covers this

newrouter on February 14, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Where did El Presidente Downgrade get the authority to force private companies to provide free services?

Chip on February 14, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Self-appointed dictator-tyrUHHHnts don’t need a “where”. Now be a good citizen, shut up and join the Collective.

SnarkySam on February 14, 2012 at 6:57 PM

UN-believable..

Chip on February 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Indeed..but not so unbelievable…besides all the Unicorn $hit platitudes he used to con the zipperheads that voted for him, he’s doing pretty much what he said he was going to do.

Next up…maybe that whole ‘Energy prices to necessarily skyrocket’ thing.

Gird yer loins!!!!

Speaking of which…how’s come we haven’t heard anything out of Sheriff Joe lately??

Must be an election year.

BigWyo on February 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Ditkaca on February 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

says it right. The MSM wants social issues as front page items because social issues are emotional (sells papers) and splits the electorate so they can paint the Republicans as extreme on social issues. The President can’t run on economic issues, he’ll fail, but the Republicans are falling/running into his trap. This may be because social issues are their strength (Santorum) or a desire to avoid talking economy (been quiet since Herman Cain left) so they are free to resort to pre-2006 big government Republican habits. As I look at the front runners, they all supported big government in the past, as long as it had a Republican flavor.

WhyNot on February 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

s federal court decision to strike down a same-sex the ages old definition of marriage ban

Language matters.

Lost in Jersey on February 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

This is incredibly depressing.

Scott H on February 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Oh good grief. Conservatives can turn anything into bad news. We are winning, people!

Nom de Boom on February 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I’m sure plenty of people were mad about Jim Crow laws being struck down too, how does history look back on those laws and those bigots btw?

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Nom de Boom: What evidence do you give for your assertion that conservatives are winning? I’ve seen no evidence of it in the past 4 years.

DBear: Ah, yes, the bigotry angle comes out.

Scott H on February 14, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I’m sure plenty of people were mad about Jim Crow laws being struck down too, how does history look back on those laws and those bigots btw?

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

So how did ‘If you want it, go out and BUY IT..I don’t want to pay for your crap‘ turn into ‘We’re going to outlaw all of it’??

Square that circle for me a$$hole.

BigWyo on February 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM

How long before we start seeing top Democrat leaders using the words “dictate” when they talk about what the President or Administration should do?

…..the moment he wins a 2nd term would be my guess (If he does).

PappyD61 on February 14, 2012 at 7:06 PM

BigWyo on February 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM

That was in reply to the Prop 8 ruling, genius. No court struck down the contraceptive mandate did they?

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Rasmussen is 51 approval, 47 disapprove…Obama is now leading every R candidate, Intrade has O at just shy of 60 percent chance of winning

Rs are in a hole

r keller on February 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Depends on how the gop runs their campaign, and ultimately when RON PAUL RUNS THIRD PARTY it’s going to get a LOT HARDER.

……and you can already hear the justification by Paul that there is no difference between the other three candidates and Obama. Soooooooooooooooo, he’ll be FORCED to carry the Conservative banner in 2012.

If Paul runs, knowing he will throw the election to Obama HOW IS HE NOT A TRAITOR TO THE REPUBLIC and freedom?

PappyD61 on February 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Oh good grief. Conservatives can turn anything into bad news. We are winning, people!

Nom de Boom on February 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

winning what? check our the RCP election polls see any red in those general election match ups?

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Hola amigos, I wonder if there’s a group of swing voters who normally lean Democrat who are heavily Catholic, or something? //

Sekhmet on February 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

How are these numbers good for Republicans? If 44% are unhappy about the Prop 9 ruling, that means 56% are either happy or don’t care. Likewise, if 48% think some kind of a religious exemption should be allowed on the contraceptive issue, that means 52% do not or don’t care, and half of the polling was done BEFORE Obama announced his compromise on the exemption issue, which will presumably satisfy some of those who wanted an exemption. I would call these poll numbers neutral-to-bad.

cam2 on February 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Boy, it my face red….

BigWyo on February 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

If this ends up being an election about social issues…..Obama wins.

Notice the MSM is gladly keeping the flames fanned regarding these social issues. They realize it doesn’t help Obama but know that economic issues can’t be defended.

Ditkaca on February 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Hello? Did you actually read the article? The data above doesn’t bear out this bizarre assertion – it says that if this election becomes about social issues, we win.

Oh good grief. Conservatives can turn anything into bad news. We are winning, people!

Nom de Boom on February 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

They’re depressed because it means trouble for Romney.

Doomberg on February 14, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Three way Race:

Obama 47%

gop nominee 43%

Ron Paul 10%

voila……..Worst President in American History re-elected.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Doomberg: As for myself personally, Romney is the candidate I could least support on the GOP side. And any Romney-hater who has seen me around for the past few years can tell you that.

Scott H on February 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

If Paul runs, knowing he will throw the election to Obama HOW IS HE NOT A TRAITOR TO THE REPUBLIC and freedom?

PappyD61 on February 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The GOP is the party wanting to nation build and run people’s sex lives Ron Paul is at least true to the constitution! the GOP is the party of big government in your bedroom and being a big unsustainable empire that is the true threat to our republic and freedom!

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

This will turn out social cons like it did in 2004, and this benefits Santorum.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

The GOP candidates have to go on the attack asap! It’s going to get ugly, better to start sooner than later. I hope people are scouring video archives from 2002 for footage of President Downgrade, like they are doing to Romney.

shanimal on February 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Obama 47%

gop nominee 43%

Ron Paul 10%

voila……..Worst President in American History re-elected.

No. Dead Democrats may vote, but they usually don’t run. Even Kennedy stopped running for re-election when he was dead.

And if Zero becomes the first, well… he shouldn’t be hard to beat, then.

Dirty Creature on February 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Doomberg on February 14, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I read the article and it is my opinion that “If this ends up being an election about social issues…..Obama wins”

The MSM is clearly part of Obama’s re-election team and I pay attention to not only what they are talking about but also what they ignore. They are picking our candidate like they did last election too.

If they are printing negative things about Obama, it means there is something that can hurt him more that they are not printing.

Again, it is only my humble opinion.

Ditkaca on February 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

If this ends up being an election about social issues…..Obama wins.

Notice the MSM is gladly keeping the flames fanned regarding these social issues. They realize it doesn’t help Obama but know that economic issues can’t be defended.

Ditkaca on February 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Yes, because Obama’s extreme infanticide/babies-are-punishment positions are so mainstream.
Besides, who says you cannot talk about more than one thing? Obama loses both on social and economic issues. Unless we shoot ourselves on the foot by calling ourselves extreme.

neuquenguy on February 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

We’re losing because Mitt broke Reagan’s eleventh commandment. The man disgusts me. How anyone can vote for him is beyond me.

tinkerthinker on February 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Doomberg: As for myself personally, Romney is the candidate I could least support on the GOP side. And any Romney-hater who has seen me around for the past few years can tell you that.

Scott H on February 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

My apologies. I didn’t recognize your name.

Doomberg on February 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Slightly OT…Headline on Drudge…’Gas prices up 83% during Obama’…and they have an Obama ‘Frowny Face’ picture…

I’d say that this is more of a ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment.

Good Job Scooter!!!

BigWyo on February 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Not really. He said during the campaign that $7 a gallon would be an acceptable price for gasoline, so we aren’t there yet. It all helps him sell Chevy Volts from his car company.

slickwillie2001 on February 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Maybe Santorum could be of use in the cycle. We need to pull Obama as far to the left as we can to chase away the indies.

ThePrez on February 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

It’s interesting, isn’t it? This election cycle was supposed to be dominated by jobs and the economy, but, lately, social issues have saturated the news cycle. No less than the unemployment numbers, they work to the detriment of the president.

And this Santorum supporter couldn’t be more pleased!

Mr. Prodigy on February 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

It’s not about social issues! It’s about a POTUS trampling on the Bill of Rights and Liberty! And that’s how ther GOP MUST present it to the American People, starting NOW!!!

xkaydet65 on February 14, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Another Santorum position that Hot Air won’t cover.

Basilsbest on February 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

As a moderate Republican who will be voting for Obama if Santorum is the nominee, I don’t see the point of this “issue”. So what, if Santorum over 20 years ago wasn’t quite sure of his opinion on abortion. We sure know it now. Please use real dirt! It’s out there.

thuja on February 14, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Yes, because Obama’s extreme infanticide/babies-are-punishment positions are so mainstream.
Besides, who says you cannot talk about more than one thing? Obama loses both on social and economic issues. Unless we shoot ourselves on the foot by calling ourselves extreme.

neuquenguy on February 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Nominating Santorum would make us extreme on social issues and moderate on economic issues–not a particularly good position to defeat Obama.

thuja on February 14, 2012 at 8:01 PM

thuja on February 14, 2012 at 7:59 PM

You truly believe that Santorum is going to be worse than Obama on the economy or curtailing personal freedoms? Sorry but sounds pretty paranoid to me. Your worst possible irrational fears would have to become true (with the help of congress and the courts) for Santorun to be worse than Obama.

neuquenguy on February 14, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I don’t recall seeing this poll, but it could have been on HA.

Election 2012: Republican Presidential Primary

National GOP: Romney 34%, Gingrich 27%, Santorum 18%, Paul 11%

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/election_2012_republican_presidential_primary

bluefox on February 14, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Not really. He said during the campaign that $7 a gallon would be an acceptable price for gasoline, so we aren’t there yet. It all helps him sell Chevy Volts from his car company.

slickwillie2001 on February 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Well, he also said the Crapulous would keep unemployment under 8%…Hey, if it’s in the ballpark…or the parking lot of the ballpark…close enough….good enough for government work.

BigWyo on February 14, 2012 at 8:17 PM

but but i thought no one cared about social issues? wrong! we can be fiscal conservatives and social conservatives at the same time

sadsushi on February 14, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Suck it Barry… you know you want to!

BHO Jonestown on February 14, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Any of you social conservative bible humpers wanna’ put your $1,000 where your mouth is and bet Frothy can’t beat Obumble in a general election. I would LOVE to take your money if he wins the nomination and I’ll need some cheering up if I have to go through a second term of this idiot in chief.

Bandit13 on February 14, 2012 at 8:31 PM

“Soooooo – Govenor, do you think States have the right to out law contraception? – George Stephanopoulos
Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM

You know the major media will be in full battle gear for JugEars!
The other day Tina was giving an interview and said a couple of times “The Newer Media”…creating some sense of excitement for me. I haven’t paid much attention before. I am now!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Clearly the public is racist, sexist, homophope.

jukin3 on February 14, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Any of you social conservative bible humpers wanna’ put your $1,000 where your mouth is and bet Frothy can’t beat Obumble in a general election. I would LOVE to take your money if he wins the nomination and I’ll need some cheering up if I have to go through a second term of this idiot in chief.

Bandit13 on February 14, 2012 at 8:31 PM

That’s not called for B13…every village has an idiot…but you don’t have to be twins!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Any of you social conservative bible humpers wanna’ put your $1,000 where your mouth is and bet Frothy can’t beat Obumble in a general election.

Bandit13 on February 14, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Not sure who ‘Frothy’ is, but this social conservative (who clings non-bitterly to Jesus and guns) isn’t making predictions about who can beat Obama in November. My best guess is that Santorum has the best shot, but that’s based on polls and Santorum’s immunity to the “evil rich guy” rhetoric that the Socialist-in-Chief will be spewing.

It’s also funny that Obama can’t attack Santorum on gay marriage because [cough, cough] Obama is *also* opposed to it. As are most voters.

jazz_piano on February 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Maybe, just maybe, the public’s opinion of Obama is evolving.

GarandFan on February 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Liberals are forcing this country in a civil war. I hope there ready to take up arms to defend themselves. I know I am!

vietvet68 on February 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM

You truly believe that Santorum is going to be worse than Obama on the economy or curtailing personal freedoms? Sorry but sounds pretty paranoid to me. Your worst possible irrational fears would have to become true (with the help of congress and the courts) for Santorun to be worse than Obama.

neuquenguy on February 14, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I do believe that for the most part, Santorum’s economic policy would be better than Obama’s. And I guess I’m a right-wing nut on economic issues, but it wouldn’t be as good as I would like in a GOP candidate. I would rather see if we couldn’t get a more free enterprise candidate in 2016 than Santorum now.

Also, I am a gay man. I’m absolutely not voting for someone who espouses views like Santorum. It’s just basically me having self-respect. There are elections in 2014 and 2016. There is no valid reason for any gay person to vote for the most homophobic politician who has a national stage.

In honesty, it’s neither free enterprise nor my sexual orientation that ultimately motivates me against Santorum. I am an environmentalist and I know that is not popular with the GOP now. It should be. I just don’t see anything good coming out of rapidly increasing human population as Santorum would like to see. I’m aware that more than 2 in 3 people reading this will disagree with me, but I hope to appeal to the remainder when I suggest you vote for Obama, and hope for something better out of the GOP in 2016.

thuja on February 14, 2012 at 9:10 PM

As always, a comedy program has a far more intelligent take on the issues than any conservative politician or pundit.

Constantine on February 14, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Will this be the social issues election, after all?
No, by Aug. there will be a hot war in the ME, by design.
Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Don’t laugh. It may have already started with Iran ramping up the violence quotient.

Cleombrotus on February 14, 2012 at 9:52 PM

oh please this contraception controversy isn’t gonna help the GOP at all in the 2012 general election, in fact it will probably hurt. Many single women are independent voters and don’t want sexless creepy old men in robes trying to keep contraception from them, they’ll run to Obama and he will win.

DBear on February 14, 2012 at 6:56 PM

This entire premise relies on:

“Women are too stupid to tell the difference between access to contraception and forcing people with moral objections to subsidize it.”

It’s possible this might work, but highly unlikely when pointed out.

BKennedy on February 14, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Liberals are forcing this country in a civil war. I hope there ready to take up arms to defend themselves. I know I am!
vietvet68 on February 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I think they’re more ready than you think they are.

Cleombrotus on February 14, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Any of you social conservative bible humpers wanna’ put your $1,000 where your mouth is and bet Frothy can’t beat Obumble in a general election.
Bandit13 on February 14, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I would but I’ve learned Mencken’s lesson and never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.

Cleombrotus on February 14, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Key words in Headline : Pew Poll. Enuf said. Move on.

Fuquay Steve on February 14, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Rasmussen is 51 approval, 47 disapprove…Obama is now leading every R candidate, Intrade has O at just shy of 60 percent chance of winning

Rs are in a hole

r keller on February 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Wait till gas goes up to over $4 a gallon.

dukecitygirl on February 14, 2012 at 10:07 PM

$4 on the way to $5 a gallon gasoline is the social issue that dooms Obama.

wildcat72 on February 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM

It won’t matter. People want Government goodies like take this example for instance.
I belonged in a guild for Star Wars The Old Republic. There was a guy named Bruce collecting an unemployment check, praised Obama as he collects a check. I had a day off from work and decided to get online and play, He was on all day everyday, just playing an MMO all day long. Collecting his check, living in a fake world but as long as you have drones like that, and there are a lot in World of Warcraft and SWTOR and other MMO games who just sit collect 99 weeks of unemployment, don’t look for work and play all day long, that’s what you are up against in 2012. The parasites outnumber the producers.
People are fine with Big Gov telling you how to worship, checking your kids lunchboxes, as long as you do not interfere with their games, and IPhones your a cake walk for reelection

Conservative4ev on February 14, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Didn’t Mitch Daniels call a truce on all this sticky stuff?

Or has his wife given him the OK to walk that back?

sartana on February 15, 2012 at 2:22 AM

This election cycle was supposed to be dominated by jobs and the economy, but, lately, social issues have saturated the news cycle.

Well I for one am certain it has nothing, nothing, nothing to do with Santo’s surge or anything like that.

/s

MJBrutus on February 15, 2012 at 5:19 AM

You cant make Obamacare better by tinkering with it.

Haiku Guy on February 15, 2012 at 7:08 AM

“reactions to last week’s federal court decision to strike down a same-sex marriage ban”

Stop helping the left spread the lie that gay marriage is illegal. Name one instance inthe past 20 years where a gay couple got arrested/fined/punished for getting married, whether in a church, in a house, on a beach, wherever. Gay marriage is not illegal. The only thing is that gay marriage is not recognized by many state governments. There is a difference.

You want to see what it’s like when certain marriages are actually illegal? Talk to the poeople who have been arrested for interacial marriage.

DethMetalCookieMonst on February 15, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Any of you social conservative bible humpers wanna’ put your $1,000 where your mouth is and bet Frothy can’t beat Obumble in a general election.
Bandit13 on February 14, 2012 at 8:31 PM

What a crude, small-minded person you must be to speak that way.

zoyclem on February 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM