by Steven Ertelt
March 27, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates have been looking for an alternative to the current crop of Republican presidential candidates and they may have found their man. Since saying he’s considering a bid for the GOP nomination, actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson has shown well in his first poll.
The results are enough to make some political observers say he could be the next Ronald Reagan — a conservative political outsider who bests the Republican Party’s establishment candidates.
The latest USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted Friday through Sunday shows Thompson, who recently said he is pro-life and favors overturning Roe v. Wade, at 13 percent among Republicans nationally.
Ironically, the poll also finds pro-abortion ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani dropping 12 points from his showing in the last survey.
Thompson’s splash in the polls also undercut the support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has — he dropped from 8 percent and now stands at just 3 percent in the Gallup survey, which is within the margin of error.
State polls are showing similar changes when Fred Thompson’s name is added as surveys by American Research Group show Giuliani dipping in New Hampshire and Newt Gingrich as the biggest loser in Iowa with his numbers nearly cut in half.
ARG surveyed 600 likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire last week and found 23 percent for John McCain, 19 percent for Giuliani, 17 percent for Romney, 11 percent for Gingirch and 10 percent for Thompson.
Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, the ARG polls shows the contest there is still a three person race with Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards but one that’s increasingly closer.
Clinton dropped two from February to 37 percent, Obama rose four to 23 percent and Edwards climbed seven to 20 percent. A smattering of other candidates had one and two percent each.
Though she leads in the second primary state, Clinton has reason to worry about how she would perform in a general election.
A separate survey found that 46% of voters would definitely vote against Clinton if she is on the 2008 ballot. Just 37 percent say the same about Obama.
A Harris Interactive poll released Tuesday showed that more than one in five Democrats that participated in the survey said they would not vote for Clinton. It also found that 56 percent of men, 45 percent of women, 48 percent of independent voters and 69 percent of those 62 and older would not vote for the pro-abortion former First Lady.
Respondents said they dislike both Clinton’s politics and her personally.