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Survey Says: Santorumís Social Views Killing Him in Michigan
COMMENTARY ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2012 | Alana Goodman

Posted on 02/27/2012 10:44:53 AM PST by RobinMasters

There’s a chance Rick Santorum may still scrape out a win in Michigan tomorrow. This morning’s Public Policy Polling survey has Mitt Romney leading him by just a few points, 39 percent to 37 percent. But the internal numbers look worse for Santorum, and his ongoing slide in the state seems to be due to his focus on social issues:

One place Santorum may have hurt himself in the last week is an overemphasis on social issues. 69 percent of voters say they’re generally more concerned with economic issues this year to only 17 percent who pick social issues. And with the overwhelming majority of voters more concerned about the economy, Romney leads Santorum 45-30. Santorum’s winning those more concerned about social issues 79-12 but it’s just not that big a piece of the pie.

Santorum’s net favorability has also taken a hit:

The last week of the campaign in Michigan has seen significant damage to Santorum’s image with GOP voters in the state. His net favorability has declined 29 points from +44 (67/23) to now only +15 (54/39). Negative attacks on Romney meanwhile have had no negative effect with his favorability steady at +20 (57/37). Two weeks ago Santorum’s net favorability in Michigan was 34 points better than Romney’s. Now Romney’s is 5 points better than Santorum’s. Those kinds of wild swings are the story of the GOP race.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
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1 posted on 02/27/2012 10:45:00 AM PST by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

“69 percent of voters say they’re generally more concerned with economic issues this year to only 17 percent who pick social issues”

All 17% are here at FreeRepublic.


2 posted on 02/27/2012 10:51:25 AM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: RobinMasters

While I do like to read Commentary, especially on foreign policy, they are all pro-Romney so are not to be trusted for objective analysis this election. Some are even involved with the Romney campaign, like Max Boot.

Also, I think this analysis is flawed as it completely ignores the fact that Santorum is actually up by 5 points amongst people who will be voting on election day. Romney’s lead only occurs when taking into account the 16% of people who have already voted, where he has a huge lead. So if there is a high turnout on Tuesday Santorum will probably win. If not Romney will win.


3 posted on 02/27/2012 10:52:03 AM PST by libertarian neocon
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To: RobinMasters
That's pretty good. After all the crap dropping on Santorum’s head, and his negatives are only down to Romney's level? Imagine if he had the money that Romney had, and wasn't being piled on by the MSM and the Republican establishment. Romney was much more effective against Newt in Florida.
4 posted on 02/27/2012 10:54:10 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: RobinMasters

Union and Muzie land.


5 posted on 02/27/2012 10:55:52 AM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: RobinMasters
69 percent of voters say they’re generally more concerned with economic issues this year to only 17 percent who pick social issues.

Conservatives can, and should, multi-task. I am concerned about both. Santorum is a much better candidate on that basis alone.

6 posted on 02/27/2012 10:56:00 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: RobinMasters
This is more horse manure. Santorum's lead slipped because of millions of attack ads by Romney and a poor debate performance in Arizona that had nothing to do with his stance on social issues.

His stance on social issues is one of the primary reason he has a chance of winning a state Romney won easily in the last election.

7 posted on 02/27/2012 10:56:15 AM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: RobinMasters

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8 posted on 02/27/2012 10:56:32 AM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: RobinMasters

Until I see how the question was worded, from experience I’m going to call bull on this survey.


9 posted on 02/27/2012 10:57:38 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds
All 17% are here at FreeRepublic

That's why I love this site.

10 posted on 02/27/2012 10:57:53 AM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: RobinMasters

Santorum has to differentiate himself from Romney and energize his supporters.

If two guys are running, who are considered to be more or less “Republican” on economic issues, one of the seemingly peripheral issues may make the difference between brand a and brand b.

For some it is guns, others illegal immigration, others, it’s life issues. It does provoke people to say, “I’m NOT voting for that guy because of it.”

People don’t usually react that way to the guy who is going to reduce a certain tax more than the other guy.

And no one (save maybe Paul) will get TOO specific about where the $$$ cuts will come, that’s the real trap for the general. All the stuff Santorum’s saying is in his book. Get it out now, so its old news for the general.

Also, some of us like the


11 posted on 02/27/2012 10:58:11 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds
You don't seem to get it. Most here care about BOTH economic and social issues. We find it insulting that some want to abandon social issues.
12 posted on 02/27/2012 10:58:21 AM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

Turn Michigan RED for Rick tomorrow....thanks!

http://www.conservativestats.com/p/mapping.html

Please call into Michigan...it will make the difference and it’s easy to do....

http://callfromhome.ricksantorum.com/


13 posted on 02/27/2012 10:58:59 AM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: RobinMasters

Note to Ricky:
It’s the economy, stupid.


14 posted on 02/27/2012 10:59:44 AM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: RobinMasters

It is the new narrative. You can find it on every news network on every channel. They are trying to drive this into our heads as much as possible.

A case of, if you repeat something enough, hopefully it will come true.


15 posted on 02/27/2012 11:00:40 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Kazan
Most here care about BOTH economic and social issues.

It is impossible to separate the two, social issues do impact the economy. The breakup of the family unit, resulted in the government taking over the role of the traditional family.

16 posted on 02/27/2012 11:01:05 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: RobinMasters
Although Santorum is conservative on some high profile social issues, he cannot be correctly described as a "social conservative."

The fundamental--the functional foundation--for social policy in the American Federal Union;--has always been left to the States. It was never delegated to the Federal Government, but reserved to the States as the "Police Power," the power to deal with questions of health, safety & morals. Santorum has openly shown disrespect for the limitations that this puts on the Federal Government with respect to certain issues. That disrespect assails the fundaments of American conservatism.

William Flax

17 posted on 02/27/2012 11:01:19 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

You don’t seem to understand that you can not separate the two. Great Society social programs amplified by Obama have record numbers of people getting food stamps. Record numbers of babies are being born out of wedlock. The biggest predictor of using food stamps is being born out of wedlock. What part of this don’t you get?????????????????


18 posted on 02/27/2012 11:02:39 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: RobinMasters

Can not hear you!

19 posted on 02/27/2012 11:07:21 AM PST by McGruff (Go Newtclear!)
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To: RobinMasters

Just another poll designed to scare the GOP moderates back to the plantation.


20 posted on 02/27/2012 11:08:59 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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