Walker Wins Conservative Presidential Straw Poll
That is one of a number of results revealed by the PA Leadership Conference’s 2015 straw poll.
The annual two-day gathering brings together conservatives throughout the commonwealth.
The group that was assembled represents some of PA’s most dedicated conservatives. Demographically they were 66% male and 50% were between the ages of 41 and 64.
When asked who their first choice for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination was, 91 respondents chose Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finished second with 58 votes while PA’s own former Senator Rick Santorum came in third with 56.
Rounding out the field were: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (33); Neurosurgeon Ben Carson (20); Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (18); Businesswoman Carly Fiorina (7); former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (4); New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (4); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (4); former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (1); and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (1).
Donald Trump was included but received no first-place votes.
They also asked respondents for their second choice. The results flipped, with 61 going with Cruz and 55 settling for Walker. Then came Rubio with 48 second-place votes.
The rest of the second choice numbers were as follows: Santorum (31); Carson (29); Paul (20); Jindal (15); Fiorina (12); Bush (10); Christie (7); Palin (4); Perry (3); and Trump (1).
Those surveyed were asked an array of additional questions.
For instance, they were asked whether they approved of the job President Obama is doing. Not surprisingly, 99.7% disapprove while just 0.3% approved. This means one of two things 1. Someone thought it would be funny to check “approve” or 2. Someone actually fell and unknowingly checked off the first box on their way down.
One intriguing evolution among attendees was their views on marijuana. Last year, 46% said they drug should be legal while 29% supported medicinal use and 18% wanted full legalization.
This year, though, 44% support medicinal use while 33% and 19% responded that marijuana should be illegal or legal respectively.
Two-thirds of attendees also back an effort to move up the Pennsylvania 2016 presidential primary from April 26th to earlier in the year to have more say in the nominating process.
Finally, the legislative branch can’t seem to catch a break.
Just 29% of those at the conservative conference approve of the job Republicans in Congress are doing. No wonder so many Senators want to be President.