By Dave Andrusko
As we discussed yesterday, the only way President Obama prevails on his bogus “compromise” is if opponents buy into the media portrait of the opposition losing steam (see The Hill newspaper) or losing heart (take your pick). But as a number of Tuesday’s National Right to Life News Today stories conclusively demonstrate, no true pro-lifer is retreating an inch. Indeed, the intensity grows day by day.
First, a story, based on a Rasmussen Reports poll published this morning, which strongly suggests Obama’s fortunes among Catholics is diminishing. A total of 59% of Catholics disapprove of his job performance (44% strongly disapprove) while 40% approve (but only 19% strongly approve). This led Scott Rasmussen to observe, “[T]he passion’s on the side of those who don’t like the job he’s doing.”
Rasmussen previously polled on the specific issue of Obama’s mandate compelling Catholic universities, hospitals, and charities to paying for health insurance that covers sterilization and contraception. According to Rasmussen
“Data released earlier found that 50% of all likely voters disagree with the Obama administration’s action forcing Catholic institutions to pay for birth control measures that they morally oppose. Thirty-nine percent (39%) agree with the new policy. In that survey, 65% of Catholic voters opposed the president’s requirement…”
Although Obama has since “amended” the mandate, as we note in Part One that has satisfied only those who would accept any fig leaf.
There were other significant findings, including another indication of the “intensity factor” disparity.
Obama’s approval numbers have rebounded of late and the results of surveys conducted over the seven days ending February 12 found 50% approval of how the president is doing his job and 49% disapproval among all likely voters. However “This includes 26% who Strongly Approve and 38% who Strongly Disapprove.”
And there is still a “faith gap” for Obama, according to Rasmussen, beyond the basic point that non-Christians feel more positively toward Obama.
“Regardless of religious affiliation, disapproval is higher among those who regularly attend religious services,” according to Rasmussen. “Among those who attend services every week or nearly every week, 41% offer their approval of the president while 59% disapprove. Among those who rarely or never attend services, 63% approve and 36% disapprove.”
That “faith gap” showed up in December, “well before the current dispute between the Obama Administration and religious leaders,” according to Rasmussen. “Yet while the president’s overall job approval ratings have gone up slightly in recent weeks as perceptions of the economy have begun to improve, there’s been little or no change in attitude among religious groups.”
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