Mid-term prospects for pro-life candidates continue steady improvement

By Dave Andrusko

A brief post to update you on something we’ve written about several times recently—the much better approval ratings for pro-life President Trump and the enhance 2018 prospects of the Republican party whose candidates are almost all pro-life versus the Democratic party whose candidates are virtually uniformly pro-abortion.

We’ve talked about the “generic ballot”—which party people say they favor without attaching any individual names to the question.

In February Democrats enjoyed a massive 16 point advantage which dipped to 6 points in March. Now according to CNN, not exactly a hotbed of pro-life reporting, by the way, that advantage has shrunk to three points (aka within the margin of error).

As Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director, wrote yesterday

About six months out from Election Day, 47% of registered voters say they back the Democratic candidate in their district, 44% back the Republican.

Any connection to the President’s improving fortunes?

The results come from the same poll this week that found nearly six in 10 saying that things in the country are going well amid improving approval ratings for the President’s handling of major issues, including the economy, immigration and foreign trade.

Two caveats. First, it’s only one poll and there are others in which the difference is larger. Second, while the margin has shrunk, Democrats still have an advantage among those who are “very enthusiastic” about voting this November.

That being said if something else in the CNN poll is true—that with respect to the “generic ballot” it matters how people feel about President Trump—the fact that his approval numbers keep going up is very important.

As we noted Monday, the Reuters/Ipsos poll found “the President’s approval rating rang up at 48% among all Americans and 49/49 with registered voters.” Not so long ago those numbers were in the 30s or very low 40s.

Be sure to read the editorial on page two of the May digital edition of National Right to Life News for more about this encouraging news.