Tuesday, December 1, 2009

WaPo Poll: Palin Represents Core Values of Republican Party; Would Win Respondents' Vote

by Lisa Graas, editor --

In a Washington Post poll conducted Nov 11-23, Sarah Palin held a clear lead over a long list of other candidates mentioned in regard to being the Republican Party's standard bearer. Strangely, WaPo added Ronald Reagan's name to the list although we all know he won't be running for the nomination.
(ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) Thinking about Republican leaders today - which one person best reflects the core values of the Republican Party?

Sarah Palin 18
John McCain 13
Mike Huckabee 7
Mitt Romney 6
Newt Gingrich 4
Rush Limbaugh 2
Bobby Jindal 1
Colin Powell 1
George Bush 1
George W. Bush 1
John Boehner 1
Kay Bailey Hutchison 1
Lindsey Graham 1
Mike Pence 1
Mitch McConnell 1
Ron Paul 1
Ronald Reagan 1
Rudy Giuliani 1
Tim Pawlenty 1
Grassley *
Glenn Beck *
Haley Barbour *
Jeb Bush *
Jim DeMint *
John Thune *
Michael Steele *
There is no leader 8
Other 9
No opinion 20

Regarding other questions asked of those who "lean Republican":

Respondents were clearly divided on whether or not the leadership of the party is headed in the right direction with 49% answering "right direction" and 42% answering "wrong direction". WaPo notes that in November, 2005, 76% of those leaning Republican had answered that the party leadership was headed in the right direction.

While 66% believe Congressional Republicans stand up for the core values of the party, when asked if Congressional Republicans "understand the problems of people like you", 55% answered "yes" and 44% answered "no".

On whether or not the Republican party in general spends too much or too little time on specifically named issues: 60% said too little time is spent on the issue of federal spending, 60% said too little time is spent on the economy and jobs and 61% said too little time is spent on illegal immigration.

A strong majority of 63% said that abortion should be illegal in most or all cases.

A majority of 51% said that they would like to see religion have greater influence in politics and public life than it does now.

And finally:
(ASKED OF LEANED REPUBLICANS) If the 2012 Republican presidential primary or caucus in your state were being held today, for whom would you vote?

Sarah Palin 17
Mike Huckabee 10
Mitt Romney 9
John McCain 7
Newt Gingrich 2
Bobby Jindal 1
Ron Paul 1
Rudy Giuliani 1
Tim Pawlenty 1
Charlie Crist *
Haley Barbour *
Jeb Bush *
Other 8
None/Nobody 12
Would not vote 2
No opinion 28

Gasp! How can the media spin this to marginalize Sarah Palin? Easy. Just point out how many of the respondents have ever listened to Limbaugh or Beck and put Palin's name in headlines with theirs......as in this CBS News article on the same poll. Never mind that Rush Limbaugh got only 2% in regard to the question on who "reflects the core values of the party" while Glenn Beck merited a big goose-egg on that question. The Washington Post, who conducted the poll, itself offered a report grouping Palin in with Limbaugh and Beck while having a video of a round table discussion with a whole bunch of Palin-haters who obviously know very little about her other than what they've been fed by the likes of "journalists" like these.

I honestly don't know how these people sleep at night. If they ever decide that they want a good night's sleep, Sarah Palin has the remedy for being able to get to sleep with a clear conscience.........but you'll have to read her book for that: Going Rogue: An American Life

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