Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Four in 10 Republicans Would Not Find McCain an "Acceptable" Nominee

From Gallup News Service:
PRINCETON, NJ -- A recent Gallup Panel poll asked Republicans and Democrats whether they would find each of several possible contenders for their party's 2008 presidential nomination to be "acceptable" nominees. Unlike other nomination ballot questions that measure respondents' first choice from among a list of possible candidates, this question paints a broader picture of the level of potential support and opposition for each candidate.

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Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain typically vie for the lead in Republican preference polls, but a greater percentage of Republicans say they would find Giuliani acceptable than say this about McCain (73% to 55%). Four in 10 Republicans say they would not find McCain to be an acceptable GOP presidential nominee. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is also widely considered by Republicans to be an acceptable nominee.

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What is most notable in the Republican data is the substantial proportion of party supporters (41%) who would consider McCain an unacceptable nominee for their party. In polls measuring nomination preference, McCain usually places first or second to Giuliani. In early June, the last time Gallup measured nomination preferences, 28% of Republicans said they were most likely to support Giuliani and 24% McCain for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

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My Comments:
Not surprised that so many Republicans find McCain to be an arsehole. I, myself, consider him to be an unacceptable nominee.

What is distressing to me is that 3/4 of Republicans find the pro-abort, pro-gay, anti-gun, cross-dressing, thin-skinned, cheating-divorced-and-remarried "Catholic" Rudy Giuliani to be the most "acceptable" choice as the Republican presidential nominee.

I suppose it's a measure of how important the GOP views a strong foreign policy, the assumption being that the tough-as-nails former NYC Mayor will be a strong anti-terror President.

Nevertheless, I believe it will be almost impossible for us to sustain and win the terror war abroad if we lose the culture war at home.


Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
McCain's Out-of-Control Anger: Does He Have the Temperament to Be President?

McCain Swallows Pride to Persuade Christian Right to Back White House Run

Pro-Abort/Pro-Gay Republican Tops Pro-Abort/Pro-Gay Democrat In Presidential Poll - Who Cares?

Pat Robertson Says Giuliani Would Be "Good President"

4 Comments:

At 7/19/2006 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The news story: but a greater percentage of Republicans say they would find Giuliani acceptable than say this about McCain (73% to 55%).

Me: That's just freaking nuts! Are we seriously to believe that 73% of Republicans find someone opposed to banning partial-birth abortion acceptable? I find that doubtful (at least if the respondents know anything about Rudy other than his being the hero of 911), but if it is true the GOP is headed towards self-destruction.

 
At 7/20/2006 7:33 AM, Blogger Zach Brissett said...

I also am certain that a pro-choice Republican nominee would have zero chance of winning the White House in 2008.

There's a large enough pro-life constituency for whom abortion is the ultimate litmus test, that such a candidate would crash and burn on election day.

 
At 7/20/2006 8:37 AM, Blogger Jeff Miller said...

Hopefully candidates like Giuliani will crash and burn in the primaries first.

The short-sightedness of many Republican is disturbing. They worry more about the enemy on the outside than the one destroying our culture and causing more casualites than jihadists can even think of doing.

 
At 7/20/2006 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a large enough pro-life constituency for whom abortion is the ultimate litmus test, that such a candidate would crash and burn on election day.

It depends. Obviously Giuliani was able to get a lot of Democratic votes in New York City, which is overwhelmingly Democratic and whose Democrats are loonier than average. I can totally see him pulling enough Democrats away from someone like Dean or Kerry to win despite losing a lot of pro-life Republicans. If his opponent were a more moderate or moderate-seeming Democrat, things would probably be different.

 

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