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CHQ and the Candidacy of Rick Santorum

ConservativeHQ.com (CHQ) is a community of conservatives and Tea Partiers opposed to America’s ruling class and committed to bringing small government constitutional conservatives to power by 2020.

The CHQ Staff conducted a poll on 6/8/11 in response to Rick Santorum announcing that he is running for president. They asked, “How would you vote in this one-on-one matchup?” and then explained:  “Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.  If he gets the Republican nod, how would you vote in November 2012?”

66% of our Tea Party activists answered, “I would vote for Rick Santorum.”  Not surprisingly,  only 1% would vote for his opponent, President Obama. The remainder, 16% said, “I would vote for a third-party or independent candidate,” while another 16% answered, “I do not know at this time how I would vote.”  The remaining 1% said, “I would not vote.”

In an earlier one-on-one matchup, only 30% of Tea Party conservatives said they would vote for Romney versus 0% for President Obama.  A majority—55%–said they would vote for a third party or independent candidate, 8% said they were undecided, and 7% said they would not vote.

Romney would get less than half as many Tea Party votes as Santorum.

Yesterday the Washington Post-ABC News poll( see our previous post) released its most recent results, in which Romney beat Obama 49% to 46% among all registered voters.  Romney’s main problem is to get the Tea Party conservatives behind him, since they figure so prominently in the Republican primaries.  If he can do that, he might be able to beat Obama in 2012.

But, given Romney’s negatives, since most conservatives would vote for Santorum, he might soon become a first tier candidate as the race heats up and ultimately the Republican standard bearer.

One Response to “CHQ and the Candidacy of Rick Santorum”

  1. DANIEL GARSHMAN Says:

    INTERESTING SURVEY, PERSONALLY I WOULD NOT WANT TO HAVE TO VOTE FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED CANDIDATES. HOWEVER, ANY OF THEM WOULD BE PREFERABLE TO OBAMA!

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