I was on a conference call Wednesday re: a federal judge’s decision earlier in the week that the Obama administration broke the law by authorizing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Someone on the call mentioned Democrats are excited to make escr a rallying cry for autumn, thinking finally they have an election issue the public supports. Indeed, according to Science Insider, Democrat pro-death ringleader Rep. Diana DeGette is mulling several options.

But I wondered to myself whether the public is indeed still so supportive of taxpayer-funded escr. Times have changed. Everyone is now concerned with out-of-control government spending. How well will a call for more spending go?

And it has been 6 years since Californians foolishly approved Prop 71, providing $3 billion of their state taxes (borrowed, actually) for escr. What has the “vast promise” of escr netted since then? Nothing.

So today Rasmussen released findings from a new poll that is sure to make Democrats want to slit their wrists. My hunch was right. Support for taxpayer funded escr has waned – and considerably:

Only 33% of U.S. voters believe that taxpayer money should be spent on embryonic stem cell research, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) say funding for such research should be left to the private sector.

Key word: “voters.”Support for taxpayer-funded escr has plunged by 19% in only 17 months. The numbers have almost reversed:

In March of last year, 52% of all voters agreed with President Obama’s decision to lift the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, but 38% were opposed.

We shall see if these new poll numbers cause Dems to back away. I’m not confident. Ever since getting all the power almost 2 years ago Democrats have been unable to resist political poison.