When you look at Gallup's abortion poll, you see abortion support took a nosedive during the Clinton presidency, then edged up slightly during the Bush years, and is tanking again under Obama's rule.
It appears that on the issue of "choice," Americans in the mushy middle don't like what they consider extremism on either end.
That said, I'd rather be on our side of the overall trend than theirs.
But "mushy middle" is an apt term, describing those who don't have a solid core of beliefs.
Thus during the election season we saw Obama's scam to woo Christians and Zionists work with those not firmly grounded. (The Bible calls this "tickling the ears.")
But now they're back, as the aforementioned and following polls indicate, but it's not a phenomenon pro-lifers should take for granted. Part of our strategy must be to cement the fickle pro-life beliefs of the mushy middle. Obama has also given us an opening to attract liberal Jews.
By Salena Zito at Townhall.com, May 16:
Candidate Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in 2008 captured 43% of voters who attend religious services regularly, up from the 39% who supported John Kerry 4 years earlier, according to exit polling by... Pew....
That "God vote" support helped them to win in OH, as well as in IN and FL.
This year, Democrats have a "God vote" deficit....
Polls across the board show that the more religiously observant people are, the more likely they are to disapprove of the president's job performance, says Mark Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University.
Many of these values voters believed Obama was different from others in his party, Rozell explained. "In 2008, he really seemed to understand 'God talk.' His evangelical style of discourse made him seem authentic to many of the religious voters who supported him."
Values voters are not the only "God vote" the president is losing: His support among Jewish voters has dropped into dangerous territory.
Jewish voters are less than thrilled with the Obama administration and its foreign policy, "which could translate into discontent with the Democratic Party in the midterm elections," said Jeff Brauer, a Keystone College political science professor.
"What is at issue is the administration's new openness to the Muslim world while maintaining a very icy relationship with and directing harsh criticism towards the government of Israel," he explained.
America's Jewish vote is small - Jews make up less than 3% of the population - but its concentration in CA, FL, NY, NJ, PA, MD and MA makes it an important voting bloc in key House and Senate races, he said....
Obama the candidate was all style and promise of being different; Obama the president has advanced policies that make many of the faithful uncomfortable....
Brauer says the decreasing "God vote" support will play out most prominently with fiscally conservative Democrats: "Most of the Blue Dog Democrats heavily rely on the faithful vote to keep their seats, especially if they are in predominantly Republican districts."...