An independent national survey by Rasmussen Reports last week shows that Americans oppose the Obama contraceptive mandate. However, the vote is extremely  close and reflects a fundamental divide among Americans about the kind of nation we shall be.

When Americans were asked whether “health insurance companies should be required by law to cover all government-approved contraceptives for women, without co-payments or other charges to the patient”,  46% said No, 43% said Yes and 11% were “Not sure.” A much larger percent did say that the mandate would increase– not decrease — the cost of health insurance: 54% Increase, 16% Decrease, 21% No impact and 9% were Not sure.  When asked whether such coverage should be required if it violates the beliefs of a church or religious organization,  50% said the government should not require such coverage while 39% said the government should still require them to provide such coverage anyway and 10% were not sure. When asked whether individuals should have the right “to choose between different types of health insurance plans, including some that cost more and cover just about all medical procedures and some that cost less while covering only major medical procedures,  a decisive 77% said individuals should have that choice while only 9% said they shouldn’t and 14% were not sure. The poll was taken February 6-7  and has a 3% margin of error.

And how’s Obama doing himself in his re-election bid? Today’s poll results need to be a wake up call for Republicans and independents who are greatly concerned about where America is headed. At least for now, Obama leads every declared GOP candidate and the margin is now well beyond the margin of error. Santorum and Romney trail Obama by almost identical percentages while Obama presently leads Paul by a somewhat larger margin while Gingrich presently trails far behind them all.

The following results appear on the Real Clear Politics website today:

Romney vs. Obama         Pew Research               Obama 52, Romney 44              Obama +8 over Romney
Romney vs. Obama         Rasmussen                    Obama 48, Romney 42              Obama +6 over Romney
Santorum vs. Obama      Pew Research               Obama 53, Santorum 43            Obama +10 over Santorum
Santorum vs. Obama      Rasmussen                    Obama 49, Santorum 41            Obama +8 over Santorum
Gingrich vs. Obama         Pew Research               Obama 57, Gingrich 39              Obama +18 over Gingrich
The most recent match ups between Obama and Paul, taken earlier this month by Fox News and Rasmussen, show Paul averaging 11% behind Obama.

BOTTOM LINE: President Obama’s policies are deeply dividing America. A plurality of Americans don’t like either Obamacare in general or the mandate for abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilization designed as trampling over individual consciences and religious belief.

However even though these policies of the Administration are cynical, divisive and unpopular,  the President is winning, at least for now. Can this change? Definitely! Will this change? That depends on you and on me.

About Ray Noble

Deus et Patria -- A Website for Americans Who Enjoy Being Catholic ... and Vice Versa. ABOUT ME: Retired lawyer-law professor-author. Raised in NJ, now living in Florida. Widower and Father. EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENTS: Summa Cum Laude, Undergrad debating scholarship, Fulbright scholarship, Campion Scholar at Oxford University, Presidential Scholar at Boston College Law School, law review editor. DIVERSE PROFESSIONAL LIFE: Corporate lawyer, state (NJ) Deputy Atty General for Civil Rights, Law school associate professor (St. John's University), legal writer, author of guide for women at the request of the New Jersey League of Women Voters, state judiciary's chief of long range planning, state bar association's chief counsel, USIA law reform rep in Gaza and the West Bank, co-founder and overseer of 9/11 Mass Disaster relief program for World Trade Center victims. In 2001, after 33 years of marriage and 8 children (6 living daughters), Alice, the love of my life (my high school sweetheart), died when she was only 55 years old. I still miss her deeply and always will. But in 2002, an unexpected, new chapter began when I left the practice of law and became a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal for 3 blessed years. I served in the Hispanic apostolate and the pro-life ministry, counseling outside abortion mills in Manhattan and the Bronx. I loved the CFRs' radical commitment to poverty. I also treasured the abundant daily prayer that included Mass, the Divine Office, daily Eucharistic adoration and rosary, and both communal and private contemplative prayer. But in 2005, while I was still in temporary vows, one of my daughters was hospitalized, with long term needs. It became clear to others and to me that my 3 years as a friar.was to become a prelude to other things. Retiring to central Florida, I continue to see my daughter's needs as my first commitment. I also work to combat human trafficking. In my parish ministries and in my life as a single senior citizen, I try to continue the life I knew as a friar as much as I can. This website is a recent development. I hope you find it helpful and, at least occasionally, fun. I do.
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