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Gallup Asks, “Is Rudy Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?” 55 Percent of Republicans Aren’t Sure

Some fascinating results in a new Gallup poll about Rudy Giuliani.  Gallup asked registered voters nationally whether several of Giuliani’s qualities would make them more or less likely to vote for him for president.

Forty-one percent said Giuliani’s leadership style would make them more likely to vote for him, while 35 percent said it made no difference and 19 percent said it made them more likely to vote against him.

Thirty-eight percent said Giuliani’s performance on 9/11 would make them more likely to vote for him, while 53 percent said no difference and seven percent it would make them more likely to vote against him.

Thirty-one percent said the way Giuliani handled other issues as mayor of New York would make them more likely to vote for him, while 47 percent said no difference and 15 percent said vote against.

Fifteen percent said Giuliani’s views on abortion and gay rights would make them more likely to vote for him, while 49 percent said no difference and 21 percent said vote against.

Six percent said Giuliani’s personal and family life would make them more likely to vote for him, while 68 percent said no difference and 19 percent said vote against.

On the one hand, the results look encouraging for Giuliani – 64 percent said his views on abortion and gay rights would either make them more likely to vote for him or make no difference.  But that 21 percent for whom it would make them more likely to vote against him is a pretty big number.  And in perhaps the most important finding in the poll, Gallup also asked Republicans and Republican leaners whether Giuliani is “generally pro-life or pro-choice, or are you unsure?”  Eight percent said Giuliani is pro-life, 37 percent said pro-choice, and 55 percent said unsure.  Those numbers are a change from January, when 16 percent said Giuliani was pro-life, 20 percent said he was pro-choice, and 64 percent weren’t sure.  It could be that the voters for whom that matters greatly already know Giuliani’s position, or it could be that that 55 percent includes voters who will turn against him once they learn more about him.  

Byron York is a former White House correspondent for National Review.

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