To link to the executive summary of the poll, click here. There’s a lot of meat here, but the issues that I found most interesting were: Perry’s decision to reject unemployment stimulus funds: 58% agree 34% disagree Bank bailouts 25% favor 64% oppose Automobile company bailouts 31% favor 64% oppose Federal government is spending too much money 2/3 agree 1/3 disagree These numbers are great for Rick Perry, bad for Hutchison. She voted for the bank bailout, which was the program of the Bush administration. It was the responsible thing to do, and it will probably turn out well. But it is very unpopular. I presume that tomorrow’s poll will have a Perry-Hutchison head-to-head, and, based on these numbers, I would expect it to be favorable to Perry. Those looking for good news for Hutchison: 58% believe that the stimulus funds are helping the economy. And some good news for Democrats as well: 24% are willing to be patient for economic improvements for two years or more 20% are willing to be patient for two years 29% are willing to be patient for one year 23% have exhausted their patience Other issues: Voter ID 71% favor % opposed is not given in the poll summary Voter ID support by partisan affiliation Republicans 86% Independents 68% Democrats 58% I don’t like the Voter ID proposal, but Democrats cannot hold out forever against legislation that roughly three in five of their own troops favor. Voter ID support by race Anglo 78% African American 75% Hispanic 59% The low level of Hispanic support for Voter ID legislation suggests a high level of awareness of the issue. Voter ID may be seen another issue, along with immigration and border security, that impacts Hispanics. The repercussions could adversely affect Republican efforts to attract Hispanics–if there were any such efforts. Social issues Favor civil unions 32% Favor same-sex marriage 25% Embryonic stem cell research Favor 48% Oppose 46% This is a startling number, and one that reflects Rick Perry’s position (anti). I would have expected to find a clear majority in favor, particularly in a state known for cutting-edge medical research. Political affiliation 46% Independent 28% Democratic 25% Republican Leanings of independent voters 29% Republican 22% Democratic This is the problem for Democrats. Independent voters are leaving the Republican party. They see themselves as independents. They’re angry at their old party, but the Democrats have not been able to win over the
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