by Steven Ertelt
September 5, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll shows that Republican voters are pro-life on the issue of abortion by over a three to one margin. However, Republican voters, including evangelical voters most opposed to abortion, are still supporting pro-abortion GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in his bid for the White House.
The latest Diageo poll conducted for the Hotline political newspaper, surveyed 604 self-identified Republican voters August 22-26.
Asked about the "most important issue facing the US today," three times as many Republicans said that pro-life concerns were as important as keeping abortion legal.
More specifically, 63 percent of Republicans said they want all or almost all abortions prohibited, while just 20 percent said abortions should be legal. Another 16 percent want them legal but want more limits on them.
Republican voters were also asked what they liked about President Bush, who has signed various pieces of legislation and vetoed a bill to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.
When picking from a list of several political topics, 24 percent of Republicans said they liked his performance in office because of his position on abortion, while just four percent of those who don’t approve of his job in office cited his pro-life position as the reason why.
Still, voters nationally backed Rudy Giuliani by a 27 to 17 percentage point margin over likely Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson. Mitt Romney came in third with 15 percent, John McCain has 12 percent and the rest of the field polled in the low single digits.
Giuliani even led with evangelical voters by a 26-16 percentage point margin over Thompson.
Those numbers come likely because 38 percent of Republicans say Giuliani has the best chance of winning the general election next November and 42 percent say he has the best chance to beat Hillary Clinton, specifically.
However, Republicans appear to acknowledge that Rudy Giuliani’s pro-abortion views are out of the mainstream of the party. Just 20 percent say he is the candidate who best represents the general positions of the GOP.