Skip to comments.27% of Republicans Would Vote for Pro-Life Third Party Instead of Giuliani (Proof Rudy CAN'T Win)
Posted on 10/04/2007 9:38:23 AM PDT by TitansAFC
If Rudy Giuliani wins the Republican nomination and a third party campaign is backed by Christian conservative leaders, 27% of Republican voters say theyd vote for the third party option rather than Giuliani. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that a three-way race with Hillary Clinton would end up with the former First Lady getting 46% of the vote, Giuliani with 30% and the third-party option picking up 14%. In head-to-head match-ups with Clinton, Giuliani is much more competitive.
Over this past weekend, several Christian conservative leaders indicated they might back a pro-life, third-party, candidate if Giuliani wins the nomination.
The latest poll highlights the potential challenges for Giuliani, but the numbers must be considered in context. A generic third-party candidate may attract 14% of the vote in the abstract at this time. However, if a specific candidate is chosen, that person would likely attract less support due to a variety of factors. Almost all third party candidates poll higher earlier in a campaign and their numbers diminish as election day approaches. Ultimately, of course, some Republicans would have to face the question of whether to vote for Giuliani or help elect a Democrat.
The telephone survey found that 17% of Republicans believe its Very Likely conservative leaders would back a Pro-Life candidate if Giuliani is nominated. Another 32% believe it is Somewhat Likely. Among all voters, 22% think a third party approach is Very Likely and another 33% say its Somewhat Likely.
Most Republican voters consider themselves Pro-Life on the issue of Abortion. Most Democrats and Unaffiliated Voters are Pro-Choice.
The bigger question for Giuliani might be how this possible challenge from the right might affect perceptions of his electability. Currently, Giuliani is seen as the most electable Republican candidate which helps overcome concerns that some have about his ideology. A survey conducted earlier this month found that 72% of Republicans think Giuliani is at least Somewhat Likely to win the White House if nominated. However, the current survey finds that number falling to 58% if Christian conservatives back a third-party option.
With a third-party option on the table, only 18% of Republicans believe Giuliani would be Very Likely to win the election if nominated. Thats down from 31% in a two-way race.
Among all voters, 49% say Giuliani is at least Somewhat Likely to win a two-way match-up. That falls to 43% with a third party candidate in the mix.
Electability is a crucial issue for Giuliani because two-thirds of Republican voters seen him as politically moderate or liberal. That is a challenge unto itself in a political party where most primary voters consider themselves politically conservative. Fred Thompson is currently viewed as the most conservative candidate in the field.
Three of the last four Presidential elections have seen a candidate win with less than 50% of the total votes cast. If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic Presidential nomination, there is a very reasonable possibility that neither major party candidate would top the 50% mark in Election 2008. With such a scenario, third party candidates on either side of the political spectrum could play a significant role by peeling away one or two percentage points of the vote.
Clinton is currently leading the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination, but her victory is not inevitable. Among Republicans, Thompson and Giuliani lead in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
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You make me PROUD son...:)
Imagine that, standing by your convictions!!!... Naaaahhhh... that's out and stupid. Vote for a queer-lover like Julie-Annie, Ha! :)
Proud to be one of the STUPID 27% :)
That, FRiend, is exactly wrong. The RINO Globalists and the Democrat Socialists have compatible agendas in many areas. To leave the RINOs in power is what will really put us further down the road.
The Republicans are the keepers of the faith, the keepers of the patriot dream. We are the only force left in the world able to defeat communism/socialism, but we do not nor can we if the RINOs are in power. It is absolutely paramount that we clean our own house whatever the cost, because without that step we are rendered toothless.
It matters not a wit what we do or don't do as long as Conservatives are the minority of the minority party. Especially so if RINOs can win by playing on your fears. All we get is a smaller minority and less significance.
It must be our highest priority to challenge RINOs across the board, including the presidency! If we do not, all that we hold dear and have fought for will amount to nothing.
And you would throw your vote away on an unprincipled moron who stands for nothing you believe in?
Since you don't believe in principles you must be driven by something... What is it? Fear?
If what we believe in is a minority of a minority party...then this whole debate is moot.
We are already lost. So why bother?
It isn't that we are a minority, but that there aren't enough Conservatives elected to Congress. Our Congressional leadership is RINO and will remain RINO until one of two things happens:
1)Enough Conservatives are elected to force a change in leadership.
2)We must lose, and lose big in an election... If that happens the party leadership generally must step down and new leadership is appointed, as the loss is taken as a vote of no confidence. Since the RINOs are in leadership, the Conservatives would take control.
Whether voting out of principle or because you are fed up with the party's direction, the intent should be to vote Conservative rather than "any ol Republican will do". If we continue to elect people who do not believe what we do, what will be the inevitable end?
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