Who Would You Vote For?
The presidential campaign has been going strong for some time on the Republican side. We've had debates, straw polls, withdrawals from the race, and a mix of front runners, including some who weren't officially candidates. But given the fact that it's the first week of November and we're now a year away from the real election, I thought it was time for WDweekly's first poll of the 2012 campaign.
We don't have two sets of candidates like we did four years ago. So the focus of our poll will be on the slate of Republican candidates for now. Sorry Democrats, you'll have to wait.
Of course we want to hear from everyone. Post a comment below or email me to tell us why you're supporting a particular candidate or why you're not. Are there any candidates you think will be particularly good for the industry? Republicans, are you one of those still looking for a Romney alternative? Are you happy with your choices? Are you still hoping someone else gets into the race? And while Obama supporters can't vote in this week's poll, you can share your thoughts too.
Survey Results as of 11/08/2011 :
Which Republican candidate would you vote for?
I will not be voting in a Republican caucus or primary.
Our poll suggests the window and door industry is not too different from the nation as a whole–or at least the segment of the population that is repeatedly polled heading into the Republican caucuses and primaries. Mitt Romney remains the front-runner but he clearly does not appeal to much of the GOP faithful. My guess is that Herman Cain would have done significantly better if we had done the poll a week earlier, before the issue of sexual harassment emerged. Ron Paul would definitely have received his share of votes no matter what, but I suspect Cain's problems helped lift the Newt Gingrich numbers.
This week's poll results also suggest that our audience, which already leaned toward the Republican side, has shifted further in that direction. Four years ago, the "I will not be voting..." option did much better in our Republican poll.
The email responses I received would reinforce that general viewpoint. One reader expressed a preference for Michelle Bachman. "I have never in my life heard a more clear pro-business and pro-American message from any candidate, man or women," he wrote.
"I would support whomever the Republican party nominates," wrote another. "I do prefer a few of them, but anyone–and I mean anyone–who secures the Republican nomination for President will get my support in any way I can...Financial, knocking on doors, telephone work, anything to defeat the current occupant of the White House."
As for the commenter below who wishes we would keep politics out of things here in Window & Door, I sympathize. And I can definitely say, I am interested in your opinion. We know our strengths as a publication and website lie in providing news and fostering discussions more focused on industry issues. I am thankful for that when I see the lack of civility in much online political discussion, I would note. But I also believe the people in our industry deserve the opportunity to voice their political opinions as much as anyone else. And they welcome the opportunity. Our WDweekly polls typically get a few hundred responses a week. Last week's poll got more than a thousand responses.