Tuesday, September 27, 2005

September Straw Poll

Patrick Ruffini has this month's presidential straw poll up, and it's "tagable," by state and by topics, e.g. pro-life, libertarian, immigration, taxes.

You insert the tag, so whatever you think is important will be tracked. I entered fiscal conservative, pro-life, strict constructionist, WI.

Ruffini had already done the laudable job of putting together a "fantasy ballot," which you can select not to override your original vote. In the results, you can see how fantasy candidates pull votes from regular candidates.

Interesting preliminary results:

Fiscal conservatives picked Giuliani over Romny by a wide margin, but Giuliani takes second place by an equal margin to Rice in the fantasy ballot.

Pro-lifers like Allen, then Giuliani is second, with Rice and then Jeb Bush taking second in the fantasy ballots.

Hugh Hewitt fans like Giuliani, then Allen, and Rice is followed by Giuliani on the fantasy ballot.

Cross-posted at Guide to Midwestern Culture and Badger Blog Alliance for greater breadth of polling results.


At 8:02 AM, Blogger portia said...

Pro-lifers like Allen, then Giuliani is second, with Rice and then Jeb Bush.

Interesting. Giuliani, a social centrist, is decidedly pro-choice, and Rice is "mildly pro-choice" (whatever that means). Does this mean electability might trump the right to life issue? More interesting, still.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

I think it will trump discourse. One can be Libertarian and pro-life, for example. The difference is that you wouldn't support legislation on the issue. Does that fit with pro-life or pro-choice? One might describe it as "mildly pro-choice."

At 8:26 PM, Blogger portia said...

Touche, tee bee. Rough sledding for either side, nonetheless.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

Well, one thing we've learned from Bush - not a new lesson by any stretch - is that you can't have it all. He's ineffective as a fiscal conservative - cutbacks after the hurricanes don't offset the fact that he's picking up that tab, and hasn't put the screws to Congress and the budget in spite of ramming through a tax cut - but he's the hawk the country needs.

He may be pro-life and have the character to submit equally conservative judicial noms, but in effect we're at status quo; little has changed in terms of legislation or your tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood et al.

OTOH, we also learned in Kerry that it's possible to have none of it - no hawk, greater taxes and spending, and a total deficit of charm in a guy whose wife isn't a big abortion fan.


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