by Steven Ertelt
June 5, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Another poll is showing that Rudy Giuliani’s pro-abortion views are hurting him with Republican voters who will determine the GOP nomine for president in 2008. The Harris Poll finds that the more conservative the Republican the more likely Giuliani’s pro-abortion views are off-putting.
Looking ahead, just one-third (33%) of adults say they would vote for Mayor Giuliani if he was the Republican nominee for President of the United States while 40 percent would not and one-quarter (24%) are not sure.
Giuliani does well on the parts of his record that appeal to most Americans.
Some two-thirds of adults (65%) say they like his track record as mayor and almost the same number (64%) agree that his leadership on and after that day shows he is capable of handling crises as president.
However, looking at specific issues, 26% of adults agree that his positions on issues such as abortion make them unable to vote for him — and the percentage is high enough to make his road to the White House more difficult.
Another 43 percent say his pro-abortion position isn’t a deciding factor and 31 percent are not sure, meaning his stance could still prompt them to oppose his candidacy.
While about one-quarter of adults say Giuliani’s pro-abortion views would prompt them to vote for someone else, this percentage rises to 35 percent when self-identified conservative Republicans examine his views.
That could be a huge factor in early primary states like Iowa and South Carolina where conservative Republicans dominate the elections there.
The Harris Poll broke down the survey and its analysis this way in its news release:
"Although primary voting is still seven months away, with a crowded field of Republicans, Mayor Giuliani needs to ensure that his front runner status does not change," it said.
"While people seem to like him and believe he has certain positive attributes, it does not seem as if they are ready to completely back him for President – even members of his own party are unsure," it concluded.