April’s 2008 GOP straw poll

posted at 9:30 pm on April 29, 2007 by Ian

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And Fred’s ahead already..

Reaps on April 29, 2007 at 9:37 PM

The president Americans want is, in fact, the guy they see on Law and Order: wise, thoughtful, deliberative, confident without the cockiness of George W Bush, urbane yet country. Fred Thompson communicates all those virtues.”

Even the Europeans are taking notice – The Tennessee Waltz will be very big!

Entelechy on April 29, 2007 at 9:38 PM

Fred! now included

Well it’s about friggin’ time ;-)

JetBoy on April 29, 2007 at 9:38 PM

Fred! the new Reagan??

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/29/wus29.xml

gmoonster on April 29, 2007 at 9:43 PM

People aren’t filling out the form correctly. When you select your first choice candidate, you also need to check the “acceptable” box for that candidate. At the time I checked, of the eight voters who picked Giuliani for their first choice, only five also checked the “acceptable” box (and one checked the “unacceptable” box).

JohnJ on April 29, 2007 at 9:47 PM

If you’re undecided, here’s a fun quiz (which includes Fred!).

JohnJ on April 29, 2007 at 9:50 PM

JohnJ,

Radio buttons usually indicate a single allowable choice when presented in a row – thats what is confusing everyone (or me, at least : ) You may want an extra instruction to clear this up a bit.

gmoonster on April 29, 2007 at 10:00 PM

Johnj,

Am I reading that quiz right? I have to give someone my email addy to get the results?

csdeven on April 29, 2007 at 10:03 PM

Why do these polls include people who are not even candidates?

csdeven on April 29, 2007 at 10:05 PM

BOOM SHAKA-LACKA…….. I told ya, sittin’ around the sour mash bbq with the Mrs., family, and friends, ……. time to refresh the mint julips….

PinkyBigglesworth on April 29, 2007 at 10:06 PM

this blog is fred! friendly

lorien1973 on April 29, 2007 at 10:10 PM

Anyone catch McCain on Fox this morning? I smell Perot-itis……I have that sinking feeling……….anyway

Fred!

Limerick on April 29, 2007 at 10:29 PM

And Fred’s ahead already..

It’s not even close. It’s a blowout!

TheBigOldDog on April 29, 2007 at 10:29 PM

I offer my obligatory…

GO FRED!

tickleddragon on April 29, 2007 at 10:33 PM

Born in a little burg in Tennessee,
Greatest state in the land of the free,
Raised in the sticks so he knew every tree,
Stomped on a Lib, when he was only three,
Freddie, Freddie Thompson ….

(Help me out here, folks. Surely y’all can take off with a start like that.)

bdfaith on April 29, 2007 at 10:37 PM

Also….notice the silence on the other side of the fence…a few ‘actor jabs’…other then that nothing. They have to know what is about to happen. So are the Dhimmi-war-rooms buzzing , panicking, or do they think it is all a joke?

Limerick on April 29, 2007 at 10:38 PM

Was there ever any doubt? He becomes the Republican candidate the day he announces.

Theworldisnotenough on April 29, 2007 at 10:40 PM

Thompson/McCain 2008

William Amos on April 29, 2007 at 10:44 PM

T/M????…..no no no no no

Limerick on April 29, 2007 at 10:45 PM

LOl well it gets McCain out of the Senate

William Amos on April 29, 2007 at 10:46 PM

McCain has served his country, and has often done whgat he felt was best. But it is time for him to retire and enjoy the rest of the years ahead of him

Wyrd on April 29, 2007 at 11:12 PM

Fred!/Newt

- The Cat

MirCat on April 29, 2007 at 11:17 PM

Why is Pataki still on the list? Didn’t he already back out of running?

CP on April 29, 2007 at 11:28 PM

From the linked article in the second post on this thread:

Mr Deaver voiced the view of many Republicans that the current crop of declared candidates is unsatisfactory. Of the front runner, the former New York mayor Rudi Giuliani, he said: “His popularity may be a mile wide and an inch deep. I’m sure that lead will shrink.”

VERY perceptive, and I think also very true…..stay tuned.

P. James Moriarty on April 29, 2007 at 11:49 PM

Oh yeah….

FRED!!

P. James Moriarty on April 29, 2007 at 11:51 PM

Notice HotAir readers are the great majority of blogosphere-wide voters.

mikeyboss on April 29, 2007 at 11:54 PM

Since the site apparently sucks and doesn’t support Firefox, someone give me the numbers. I can’t see anything to do with the poll except the subject line.

Benaiah on April 29, 2007 at 11:54 PM

Since the site apparently sucks and doesn’t support Firefox, someone give me the numbers. I can’t see anything to do with the poll except the subject line.

Never mind. I had to tell Noscript to allow blogsforbush.com and now it works.

Benaiah on April 29, 2007 at 11:56 PM

Linked on Drudge….

peski on April 30, 2007 at 12:06 AM

Its Fredricide!

liquidflorian on April 30, 2007 at 12:28 AM

I so hope that the GOP is paying attention to these polls.

A non-candidate is kicking “butt” over the declared candidates.

After last years “thumping” perhaps the GOP will learn something. However I am not holding my breath.

F15Mech on April 30, 2007 at 12:44 AM

Thompson/McCain 2008

William Amos on April 29, 2007 at 10:44 PM

Oh Come on! Are you trying to make Fred! unelectable?

That is the one running mate that would make me vote third party.

LegendHasIt on April 30, 2007 at 12:52 AM

This isn’t necessarily an endorsement per se, although I do like him, but I think JC Watts would be an interesting possibility for VP on a Thompson ticket. I believe he’s already endorsed FDT.

CP on April 30, 2007 at 1:11 AM

Watts would probably be my #3 pick of those who have been mentioned fairly regularly for his VP.

Hunter is my ‘fave’, closely followed by Steele… (And I think Thompson/Steele would bring in a few more votes than with Hunter, so I’d to be happy either way).

It would be great to see Hunter (or maybe Steele) as President in 2012 or 2016, But I don’t believe Hunter has enough name recognition for this go-round.

LegendHasIt on April 30, 2007 at 1:28 AM

I still think that a Thompson/Tancredo ticket would be neigh unbeatable.

P. James Moriarty on April 30, 2007 at 1:33 AM

It’s Fred!alicous

Mallard T. Drake on April 30, 2007 at 1:37 AM

or…Fred!elicious…..

Mallard T. Drake on April 30, 2007 at 1:39 AM

I still think that a Thompson/Tancredo ticket would be neigh unbeatable.

P. James Moriarty on April 30, 2007 at 1:33 AM

Oh, I’d like that too; Tancredo is the tops on a couple of my biggest ‘hot button’ issues.

However, as much as it saddens me to say this; WAY too many people that consider themselves good conservatives (Neo OR Paleo) would support Guliani (or even Lieberman as a crossover) before they would vote for a ticket with Tancredo in either position. (I say this as someone who sent Tancredo’s campaign money last week.)

LegendHasIt on April 30, 2007 at 2:16 AM

Ha! C’mon, Fred? As I post this he’s at 56%! That shows the weakness in our field. I think we’re smurfed this time, unless something interesting happens.

Axe on April 30, 2007 at 2:38 AM

Fred/Duncan……… secure the damn borders, will you?

Will you please “Secure the Borders”

Please….

Will you you just please just Secure the Borders??????????

PinkyBigglesworth on April 30, 2007 at 3:26 AM

For whatever it is worth,. Regarding Giuliani:
Giuliani’s Clients

LegendHasIt on April 30, 2007 at 4:12 AM

Holy Farking FRED!!!!!

mrfixit on April 30, 2007 at 6:36 AM

Hey Fred, get the message? Declare your candidacy!

flutejpl on April 30, 2007 at 8:07 AM

Thompson/Steele

stenwin77 on April 30, 2007 at 8:24 AM

OMG.

“The president Americans want is, in fact, the guy they see on Law and Order: wise, thoughtful, deliberative, confident without the cockiness of George W Bush, urbane yet country. Fred Thompson communicates all those virtues.”

Well, it’s come to this. I agree with the Presidential political analysis of some guy writing in the Telegraph. Shipman nails it, but he missed one thing. Fred! can speak in complete sentences, and I believe he knows how to pronounce the word “nuclear”, which is nice.

Can you say gravitas?

Jaibones on April 30, 2007 at 8:54 AM

Fred! is killing the field. “None” has more support than McCain…

Jaibones on April 30, 2007 at 8:55 AM

“None” has more support than McCain…

Jaibones on April 30, 2007 at 8:55 AM

LOL

WisCon on April 30, 2007 at 10:04 AM

Thompson/Steele

stenwin77 on April 30, 2007 at 8:24 AM

Yep. That’s the winning ticket, IMHO. Stack that up against shrillery/St. obama and it’s no contest; advantage GOP.

techno_barbarian on April 30, 2007 at 10:26 AM

These results are very perplexing. Fred is just kicking Rocky Top Butt. Is it the Hollywood thing? Is it a fresh face thing? Is it the personable nature? Is it the respect gained in serving America? Is it all of the above? Yep, if the campaign money flows, he could be The Man. By the way, without question. Fred/Rudy…That’s the ticket!

soulsirkus on April 30, 2007 at 10:31 AM

I think that the “Lefty Troll” results are a good indicator of who we want to run and who we don’t.

Notice how McCain is the only “green” candidate on that list.

Nethicus on April 30, 2007 at 10:52 AM

PinkyBigglesworth on April 30, 2007 at 3:26 AM I might add ASAP!

sonnyspats1 on April 30, 2007 at 12:11 PM

My source tells me that the FL Governor has recieved visits from at least two Candidates investigating a possible run at VP.

sonnyspats1 on April 30, 2007 at 12:19 PM

Anybody remember a dance called “The Freddie”?

manwithblackhat on April 30, 2007 at 12:33 PM

manwithblackhat, here’s the man whom the dance was named after.

Entelechy on April 30, 2007 at 12:37 PM

If Thompson keeps making gains like this Martin Sheen will probably enter the race. After all he did have 8 successful years and changed the world (in a parallel universe)…..

Bradky on April 30, 2007 at 4:40 PM

After all he did have 8 successful years…

No, he had seven. They wrapped up the series a year early, remember? Even Camelot has only so much of a shelf life.

manwithblackhat on April 30, 2007 at 5:44 PM

manwithblackhat on April 30, 2007 at 5:44 PM

LOL I had to look it up – never watched an episode. I do remember some news story a few years back where a spokesman for the Teachers Union proposed they adopt the educational reforms of President Bartlett.

Bradky on April 30, 2007 at 5:57 PM

This site does not run the poll, it’s a linkapp that sends to http://www.gopstrawpolls.com.

But for information purposes, the instructions would get the proper results if they read as such:

For EVERY candidate, select either acceptable or unacceptable. In addition, identify your first choice among all the candidates.

I’ve noticed every time that the number of respondents who select a candidate as their first choice don’t all pick them as acceptable. Even worse, I’ve seen several who click on UNACCEPTABLE for the candidate they name as first choice. Most common source of that offense is Tommy Thompson backers. 62 picked him as first choice; 30 of those picked him as acceptable, 12 as unacceptable. Make sense of that.

Freelancer on April 30, 2007 at 7:53 PM

Here are some interesting numbers. I took a snapshot of the poll results based on those who selected each of the candidates as their first choice and how many of them marked Fred! as acceptable.

Name 1st votes Pro-Fred %
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Brownback 137 89 65.0%
Gilmore 31 20 64.5%
Gingrich 507 434 85.6%
Giuliani 1392 1165 83.7%
Huckabee 67 50 74.6%
McCain 224 161 71.9%
Pataki 11 6 54.5%
Romney 858 646 75.3%
Tancredo 306 191 64.1%
T. Thompson 63 44 69.8%

I’m sure that won’t line up very well, but it should be clear enough. No other candidate has 50+% positives from all other candidates’ backers. Landslide-style.

Freelancer on April 30, 2007 at 8:16 PM

Dratted collapsing white-space, should have used leading periods……..

Freelancer on April 30, 2007 at 8:17 PM