What Do Republicans Find Most Important in Choosing A Presidential Nominee?

White House 2012 Poll Results

Bookmark and ShareIn its first weekly poll, White House 2012 asked Republicans what the most important quality or ability they are looking for in the Republican presidential nominee is?

Respondents were given a list of 14 issue relatedqualities or abilities to choose from. Of all them, an overwhelming majority of 39% declared that they want the next Republicans to be a fiscal conservative. Following far behind with 14% was the desire for the Republican nominee to be first and foremost, a strict constitutionalist.

Tying for third place with 6% each, was a mix of priorities that ranged from positions on specific issues and general ideology, to placing a priority on characteristics that specifically addressed electability. Two choices, foreign affairs experience and being a political outsider received no votes at all.

See complete results below:

Based upon the demographic which follow this blog and participated in the poll, this loosely controlled survey strongly hints that most Republicans understand that America needs to get its financial house in order and they want a leader who will focus on that issue and have a plan to control taxing and spending that is based on sound economic principles and fiscal restraint. By finding the phrase fiscal conservative to be the most desired aspect of a candidate and their campaign, it is safe to say that at this point in time, G.O.P. voters view the economy and our national debt as a top priority and the most integral part of the Republican nominees campaign.

Furthermore, the numbers interestingly suggest that fiscal responsibility is an issue which so many Republicans agree to be the immediate priority, that it even dwarfs the usual priorities that the Republican base wants to see their nominee devote much of their attention to advance, such as abortion and even their activism on social issues in general such as gay marriage, school prayer and other related specific issues. This does not mean that the G.O.P. will suddenly ignore those issues but it does insinuate that people like Mitch Daniels could play quite well within the Party electorate.

Daniels is a leading fiscal conservative both by record and intention.But he received a great deal of criticism for suggesting that Republicans call a truce on social issues. This quickly drew the ire of social conservatives. Yet Mitch Daniels simply implied that the priority must be on the economy, jobs and spending. This poll agrees with that sentiment. But at the same time, as Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels has a solid record on social issues and the right-to-life. In fact he probably has one of the strongest pro-life records of most Governors. So while his record should please social conservatives, Daniels remarks are in sync with what most Republicans think are the top priorities.

Other important interpretations of this poll include the noticeably low percentage of the Party which consider a nominees expertise and prioritization on national security and in foreign affairs should be. Nearly ten years after 9/11, national security has been dwarfed by a desire to focus on other issues. This would confirm the opinion of former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton who threatens to run for President in order to elevate the issue of national security to the forefront of the discussion. Bolton maintains that we are at risk from outside forces far more than most believe and that the Obama Administration is not properly dealing with those threats.

But while Bolton may be right, at the moment it is clear from this poll, that running on the issue of national security would not win him the nomination at this time.

At 6%, even the hot button issue of illegal immigration and border security take a distant back seat to the emphasis that Republicans want to see on fiscal conservatism and a focus on strictly adhering to the U.S. Constitution. Republicans who took the survey lump illegal immigration and border security in third place with opposition to abortion, being a proven leader, having business experience, their ability to work with Democrats and the electability issue of being able to attract independent voters to their campaign.

That last one is another important note.It is interesting tosee the apparent desire of Republicans to be more concerned with beating President Obama with someone who they believes can properly deal with the issue most important to them, rather than just beating him for the sake of winning. In this poll, Republicans put little importance on the appeal of a candidate in regards to winning over independent voters or being considered an articulate orator as President Obama was considered. This is however, a question Republicans must concern themselves with at some point. Will they risk nominating a dull and uninspiringcandidate who they agree with on their most important issues but lacks but lacks the political aestheticstooutperformPresident Obama?

While a focus on fiscal responsibility receives more than twice the support than thatof a focus on strict constitutionalism, bothareas are the only ones to receive double-digitsupport. That too is an important result relative to these poll answers. Together fiscal responsibility and a focus on constitutional adherence, constitute 53% of the total vote……..more than half. Part of their combined massive combined plurality is largely due to the influence of the TEA Party movement.

These two issues are at the core of the TEA Partys being. They are the issues that strongly influenced the historic midterm election results that gave Republicans some of their biggest majorities in history. If the results of this first White House 2012 are accurate, right now, the influence of the TEA Party movement remains strong within the G.O.P..

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