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Tough Year to Be a Pro-Life Democrat



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Did you think that (allegedly) pro-life Democrats would be in trouble this cycle after the health-care vote?

A new poll from the Susan B. Anthony List, taken in districts of “pro-life” Democrats who voted in favor of the health-care bill allowing for taxpayer funding of abortion, says you’re right!*

Actually, there’s a smidgen of good news for Kathy Dahlkemper and Joe Donnelly, in that they’re not trailing yet, at least in this poll . . .

IN-Sen Brad Ellsworth

Head to Head: 50% Dan Coats, 35% Brad Ellsworth, 14% Undecided

79% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (63% strongly oppose)

73% are less supportive of the new healthcare law knowing that it will lead to taxpayer funded abortion (51% are much less supportive)

66% believe Brad Ellsworth was wrong to betray his “pro-life” principles and vote for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (48% believe he was definitely wrong)

49% will be less likely to vote for Brad Ellsworth after he voted for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (34% are much less likely) 

 

PA-03 Kathy Dahlkemper

Head to Head: 46% Kathy Dahlkemper, 42% Mike Kelly, 11% Undecided

74% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (60% strongly oppose)

69% are less supportive of the new healthcare law knowing that it will lead to taxpayer funded abortion (50% are much less supportive)

66% believe Kathy Dahlkemper was wrong to betray her “pro-life” principles and vote for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (49% believe she was definitely wrong)

47% will be much less likely to vote for Kathy Dahlkemper after she voted for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (34% are less likely)

 

OH-01 Steve Driehaus

Head to Head: 51% Steve Chabot, 41% Steve Driehaus, 7% Undecided

79% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (59% strongly oppose)

69% are less supportive of the new healthcare law knowing that it will lead to taxpayer funded abortion (50% are much less supportive)

67% believe Steve Driehaus was wrong to betray his “pro-life” principles and vote for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (52% believe he was definitely wrong)

47% will be less likely to vote for Steve Driehaus after he voted for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (36% are much less likely) 

 

IN-02 Joe Donnelly

Head to Head: 52% Joe Donnelly, 35% Jackie Walorski, 11% Undecided

76% oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions (59% strongly oppose)

69% are less supportive of the new healthcare law knowing that it will lead to taxpayer funded abortion (46% are much less supportive)

67% believe Joe Donnelly was wrong to betray his “pro-life” principles and vote for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (52% believe he was definitely wrong)

43% will be less likely to vote for Joe Donnelly after he voted for a healthcare bill including taxpayer funded abortion (26% are much less likely) 

* I tend to phrase blogs in this question-and-response manner after Little Guy Number One makes me watch a lot of “Dora the Explorer,” i.e., “Do you think Swiper should face the maximum sentence for grand larceny? . . . Me, too!”

UPDATE: 

“For the Susan B. Anthony List, this election cycle has turned out to be dramatically different from the one in which we began.  Members of Congress we thought were our allies have now become our top targets for defeat,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said. “Before the health care vote, we conducted polling and launched a media tour in these Democrats’ districts in an effort to support the pro-life convictions of these Democrats.  Then, they voted for the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.  This latest polling shows that five months of a long, hot summer have not burned off any voter intensity on the issue.  Our Votes Have Consequences bus tour will ensure that voters understand exactly what their Members of Congress did to undermine their convictions and those of their pro-life constituents.”


Tags: Brad Ellsworth , Joe Donnelly , Kathy Dahlkemper , Steve Driehaus


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