Fewer Americans happy with abortion law under Obama than ever before: Gallup poll
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Americans are more unhappy with U.S. abortion law than any time since pollsters have been asking the question – and most believe U.S. abortion law is too liberal.
According to a new Gallup poll released this morning, only 34 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the state of abortion policy today, the lowest level since Gallup began analyzing the issue in 2001.
The largest shift, predictably, was among Republicans. Only 21 percent of GOP voters back the Obama administration's abortion policies, down from 44 percent support for the Bush administration in 2002.
Meanwhile, 48 percent of Americans were dissatisfied, tying the survey's all-time high.
Registered Democrats reported the greatest satisfaction at 46 percent. Only 36 percent of registered independents endorse the status quo.
“Of those who are dissatisfied, twice as many prefer stricter rather than less strict laws: 24% want stricter laws, while 12% want current abortion laws to be less strict,” Gallup noted.
One-quarter of dissatisfied independents want stricter abortion laws – more than twice as many who want to see fewer regulations. The level of dissatisfaction among independents is roughly the same under Obama as it was under President George W. Bush.
Yet overall satisfaction has declined markedly since Obama took office in 2008. “In three of four years since 2012, less than 40% of Americans have been satisfied,” Gallup reports. “Yet between 2001 and 2008, at least 40% were satisfied every year.”
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The poll marks a continued feeling of alienation of average Americans from the Obama administration, which they feel ignored the will of the voters following the 2010 and 2014 elections by digging in its heels over the ObamaCare health care legislation and by refusing to enforce immigration law on the southern border.
The poll was conducted early last month, before the House of Representatives announced it would vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, then subsequently pulled the vote.
A Gallup writer, Rebecca Riffkin, opined, “Rank-and-file Republicans are likely to support bills like this, but many independents and Democrats, both of whom are more likely to be satisfied with current abortion laws, may have issues with new legislation, especially if it makes abortion laws more strict.”
However, a Quinnipiac poll last November found broad national support for the bill, finding 60 percent of Americans overall favor a national bill limiting abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Registered independents support such a bill by 20 percentage points, and Democrats split evenly on late-term abortion.