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Abortion advocacy hurts Obama in swing states

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

President Obama's support for abortion and taxpayer funded birth control could kill his chances to win swing voters in Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin and Florida, and possibly his reelection, according to a new poll.

Likely voters by a 49 percent to 25 percent margin, or two-to-one, say they are less likely to vote for Obama because he included taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare. A whopping 54 percent are less likely to back him due to his vote against a law to give equal treatment to babies born alive after a failed abortion. And 69 percent reject the administration's mandate that forces faith-based institutions to provide insurance that covers birth control.

"This survey shows that a few straightforward, specific facts about President Obama and abortion shock the collective conscience of swing voters in battleground states," said pollster Kellyanne Conway. "His support for taxpayer-funded abortion, opposition to Born-Alive Infant protections and 'intimidation through regulation' foisted upon religious organizations draws the ire of between one-half and two-thirds of the voters surveyed," she said.

The poll was conducted by Conway's firm, the polling company, for the Susan B. Anthony List, a group opposed to abortion. The group's president Marjorie Dannenfelser said, "pro-life voters make up a sizable voting bloc capable of achieving victory in close elections. President Obama's record of supporting abortion for any reason and at any time is so extreme that even supporters are turning away."

Both campaigns are struggling to win over swing voters in the four battleground states.

Among the key findings in the poll of 620 likely swing voters in Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia and Ohio September 18-19 provided to Secrets:

-- A majority of swing voters (54%) are less likely to vote for President Obama after learning that he voted against a law to give equal treatment and constitutional protections to babies born alive after a failed abortion (35% much less likely).

-- After learning of President's Obama's record of opposing equal treatment and constitutional rights for babies born alive after a failed abortion, women (53%), independents (46%) and pro-choicers (43%) said they would be less likely to vote for the president.

-- By a margin of 2-to-1 (49%-25%), likely swing voters in battleground states say they are less likely to vote for President Obama based on his inclusion of taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare.

-- Swing voters overwhelmingly reject (69%) the HHS mandate that forces faith-based institutions to violate their beliefs and provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. Forty four percent of voters said they are much less likely to vote for the candidate who imposes such regulations.