by Steven Ertelt
September 13, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll of Republican voters finds them not united on the best choice to handle key social issues like abortion. In each of the three first primary battleground states, GOP voters see a different candidate as the best one on the issue.
The Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News conducted a joint poll of Republican voters in the states and asked them, "Regardless of your choice for president, who do you think would be best on social issues, such as abortion."
Among Iowa voters, the poll found 20 percent thought Mitt Romney was the best to address the abortion issue and Rudy Giuliani came in second at 14 percent. Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson tied with 10 percent each and others received only single digit support.
In New Hampshire, Giuliani received the support of 25 percent on the abortion question and Romney had 23 percent. No other candidate there received more than 10 percent.
And in South Carolina, Fred Thompson leads on the abortion issue among Republicans with the support of 17 percent to 15 percent for Giuliani and 11 percent for Romney.
Another indication of the fracture among Republicans on the best candidate to address abortion is the large number of voters who say they don’t know which candidate is the top one.
The undecided column led in all three states with 33 percent of Iowa voters, 26 percent in New Hampshire and 30 percent of South Carolina Republicans saying they don’t know.
The LA Times/Bloomberg survey also asked Republican voters if they would be willing to support another GOP candidate who didn’t agree with their view on abortion.
About 30 percent of GOP voters in each state said they would only vote for a candidate who shared their views and about 60 percent in each state said they would be willing to consider a candidate who takes a different stand.
The Times Poll contacted 3,713 adults in three state samples – Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. All interviews were conducted by telephone September 6-10, 2007.