Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Are Obama and Sotomayor Out of Step?

For the third time in a month, another public opinion poll has been released demonstrating that a majority of the American public is pro-life. Two weeks ago it was the Gallup poll that got the headlines, as it was the first time in that poll's history that it showed over half of the public as holding a pro-life position. Then last week, there was a Fox News poll, indicating the same thing: more Americans are pro-life than "pro-choice".

The third poll, this one from Rasmussen, should put to rest exactly how most Americans feel about the issue. The survey actually asked a different question than the others and found that 58 percent of Americans say abortion is morally wrong most of the time. Just twenty-five percent disagree and the rest had no opinion.

The poll found women are more strongly pro-life than men with 64 percent of women asserting that most abortions are morally wrong, a view shared by just 51% of men. Meanwhile, another Rasmussen survey question found a majority of Americans, 52 percent, think it is too easy to get an abortion in America. That's up seven percent from two years ago when 45 percent thought it was too easy.

The two important points to take away from this are first, that the pro-life position is indeed a majority position in this country, and second, that the pro-life position has been gaining momentum at precisely the moment President Obama seems to be steering his administration in the opposite direction--witness his nomination of a radical judicial activist and career left-wing pro-abort, Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.