If the GOP is to defeat President Obama in 2012, the general election electability of the eventual Republican nominee will be key. Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling observes that GOP primary voters see this as a priority.
Last year Republicans scuttled their chances at taking back the US Senate by nominating far right unelectable candidates like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, Sharron Angle in Nevada, and Ken Buck in Colorado. Now GOP voters seem to have learned their lesson: 56% say it’s most important to them to have a Presidential candidate who has the best chance of defeating Barack Obama, compared to only 31% who think it’s more important to have someone who’s conservative on every issue. That finding is an indication that the Tea Party’s influence within the Republican Party may be diminished. That’s bad news for Democrats…and good news for Mitt Romney.
PPP surveyed 544 usual Republican primary voters nationwide from June 9thÂ to 12th. TheÂ margin of error for the survey is +/-4.2%.