This is just one poll, but it’s telling that this early on he’d pull so much national support.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found Hillary Clinton leading Rudy Giuliani by three percentage points in a four-way race that includes Ron Paul running as a Libertarian candidate and Ralph Nader representing the Green Party. The poll shows Clinton earning 42% of the vote while Giuliani attracts 39%. Ron Paul is the choice for 8%, Ralph Nader is preferred by 4% and 7% are not sure.
Perhaps because of his position on the War in Iraq, Paul attracts more support from Democrats than Republicans. He also earns 14% of the vote from unaffiliated voters. Paul is currently seeking the Republican Presidential Nomination and is running sixth behind Giuliani, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Fred Thompson, and Mike Huckabee.
People, at this point in the game, 8% is huge and 14% of unaffiliated voters is even bigger because you know there’s a lot of ground he could gain in that group once they start to hear his message. I bet he could pull 20% nationally overall and start a viable Libertarian movement in this country.
Also, it is interesting that this poll shows that Paul is pulling more from Dems than Repubs, but my guess about that is those aren’t far-left, socialist Dems. You’re probably talking about your moderate Liberaltarians who favor more freedom at home and less imperalism abroad. I know if it were between Hill, Rudy and Paul, I’d definitely consider voting for Ron.
So then, not to sound like a broken record on this, but if all you Paulites really want to upset the apple cart in November 2008, trying to win the GOP nomination doesn’t seem the way to do it.
Interesting times ahead…