If these were the candidates, and the election was today, who would you vote for?

John G. Swanson
December 12, 2007
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Survey Results for 12/12/2007:

If these were the candidates, and the election was today, who would you vote for?

Mike Huckabee

  

 

64%

 

Barack Obama

  

 

29%

 

I would not vote. [Shame on you!]

  

 

7%

 

There’s no doubt former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is enjoying some “big mo,” as George Bush, the elder, once described it. Huckabee has gained significant ground in national polls and, as talking heads will say, “the all-important statewide polls” in places like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Huckabee also enjoyed a landslide victory in our WDweekly poll last week, garnering nearly two-thirds of all respondents willing to make a choice at this point. And, to those of you who wouldn’t vote, I hope you’re able to do so by next November.

Our poll pitted Huckabee, the narrow winner in our Republican poll of the previous week, versus Barack Obama, who was a fairly clear favorite in our Democratic poll two weeks ago. The results, I must admit, are quite different from those produced by professional pollsters who have put Huckabee up against Obama head-to-head nationally.

A report in yesterday’s USA Today said Obama enjoys an 11-point lead over Huckabee in most national polling. That leads me to believe that either Huckabee has an environmental plan that calls for new energy-efficient windows for every home in America, or our audience leans Republican.

I checked Huckabee’s Web site and didn’t find any reference to a window plan, so I’ll assume it’s the latter. And while it didn’t take me many years in the industry to learn our typical reader is more likely to vote Republican, it is sort of interesting to see some numbers and weight attached to the general impression I’ve had over the years.

I hope most of you have found WDweekly’s presidential polls interesting, perhaps insightful, or just sort of fun. Certainly, poll participation levels have been high over the past three weeks, so depending how the ‘08 campaign evolves, we may come back to check-in with you again.

To the reader who complained that we should stick to industry topics and issues, I want to promise that we will—at least for the most part. We know window and door industry coverage is what we do best and what readers can’t find elsewhere. We also know, however, that people like to learn “the local angle” or, in our case, “the industry angle” on a broader story.

Getting back to Mike Huckabee, his latest commercials are urging Iowa and New Hampshire voters not to think about issues or worry about the pros and cons of the various candidates, but to focus on having a Merry Christmas. That’s what the Window & Door staff plans to do over the next days and weeks.

So, I’d like to take this opportunity to say to all of you Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2008.