In a poll of 9,343 newborns conducted between October 24 and October 27, 2008, only 3% showed support for the Democratic candidate. Support for other valid candidates was also quite low, none of them garnering more than 15% of infant support. Given the fact that they are universally disenfranchised, newborns have been historically reluctant to voice support for any major party candidate. Recently, however, support for the Democratic presidential nominee has been especially low. Experts say that the unprecedented trend emerged earlier this year and appears to be a direct result of controversy related to Barack Obama's record in the Illinois State Senate.
The Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act was introduced in 2001 to afford legal protection to all babies, including those who have survived failed abortion attempts. State Senator Barack Obama voted against Born Alive 4 times in 3 years and was the sole senator to speak against it on the Senate floor in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, the Federal version of Born Alive passed unanimously in the US Senate and by overwhelming voice vote in the House. The pro-abortion group NARAL took a neutral position on the Federal bill. Newborn support for Obama plummeted from approximately 15-20% to about 1-3% when Obama's record on the Illinois legislation began to receive national attention.
poll of newborns between the ages of zero and four weeks of age:
Barack Obama 3%
John McCain 15%
Bob Barr 4%
Chuck Baldwin 2%
Susie Flynn* 42%
Don't Know 34% Margin of error: 2%
Of note, opposition to Obama among premature infants was unanimous. Pollsters can only speculate about the significance of this finding. Because Barak Obama is statistically tied with third party candidates, analysts suspect that the 3% of newborns who indicated support for Barak Obama might simply have had difficulty understanding the pollsters' questions.
*Despite her ineligibility to hold office, ten year-old Susie Flynn enjoys enthusiastic support from a plurality of newborns. In her campaign for president of the United States of America, Susie Flynn's efforts to bring attention to the plight of children without health insurance has earned the admiration of infants in every demographic.