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WSJ: GOP Primary Voters Like Daniels’s Truce Idea, but Note Fine Print


Quite a few potential GOP contenders, like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, have derided Indiana governor Mitch Daniels’s comments that the country needs a “truce” on social issues while so many fiscal and foreign-policy crises rage unabated. But that position may not be the sure-fire primary loser that some expect:

The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll appears to vindicate Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels‘s repeated insistence that the country needs a “truce” on fights over social issues while it grapples with its mounting economic challenges.

Nearly two thirds of Republican primary voters said they would be “more likely” to vote for a GOP primary candidate who says the party should focus more on the economy and the deficit and less on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion. Only 8% said they would be less likely to vote for such a candidate. The rest said they were unsure.

However, I note that the poll question (page 10 at the link) describes the sample as those who identified as Republican and said they would vote in the Republican primary, but also includes independents and Democrats who said they would vote in the Republican primary, which is roughly 8 percent of the sample. So it’s possible that a chunk of those “Republican primary voters” who concur with Daniels’s position are not actually Republicans.

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