If you were going to the polls today, which candidate would you vote for?

John G. Swanson
December 5, 2007
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Survey Results for 12/05/2007:

If you were going to the polls today, which candidate would you vote for?

I voted (or should have) in last week's Democratic poll.

  

 

35%

 

Mike Huckabee

  

 

21%

 

Rudy Giuliani

  

 

16%

 

Fred Thompson

  

 

9%

 

Mitt Romney

  

 

6%

 

John McCain

  

 

5%

 

Ron Paul

  

 

5%

 

Duncan Hunter

  

 

1%

 

Tom Tancredo

  

 

1%

 

Performing well in debates and coming across as a likeable candidate, Mike Huckabee is riding a wave of momentum that’s carried him to the top of many polls, including our WDweekly poll last week. With an actual 32 percent of our Republican respondent total, Mike Huckabee outpaced the national front-runner, Rudy Giuliani, who received a quarter of Republican votes.

Fred Thompson seems to be doing better among our readers than he does in most polls, but Mitt Romney, I’m afraid, would be disappointed. Personally, I’m surprised John McCain didn’t do a little better.

Huckabee’s victory suggests his support may now go beyond the Christian conservatives he originally targeted, but he’s clearly made headway with this group of voters. “Mike Huckabee is, today, the man I will vote for in the 2008 election for President of the United States of America, because he cares for the people and is guided by his God,” wrote one of our readers. “I will be voting for Mike Huckabee, because of his moral views and background,” noted another. “As an evangelical Christian, I can’t vote for any of the others.”

The “I can’t vote for any of the others” comment reflects the general lack of enthusiasm for this year’s Republican slate of candidates that many media talking heads have noted, and that I’ve witnessed among window and door industry people. We’re not an industry that typically wears our political hearts on our sleeves, but I do recall in the past talking to enthusiastic Reagan, Bush (both I and II) and even McCain supporters at meetings and trade shows. Some even wore buttons on their lapels.

I know the whole election cycle has shifted—and maybe I shouldn’t expect that sort of thing yet—but I hadn’t seen or heard anything to give me any indication of who the favorite might be in our industry, prior to our polls. Quite honestly, the only political opinion I’ve heard with any frequency has been dislike for Hillary Clinton. In fact, I received an email on that front from a reader who suggested we add an ABH or “Anybody But Hillary” button to our next poll.

It will be interesting to see who wins our first WDweekly general election poll next week. Obama might have more enthusiastic support, as he was the number-one vote getter among all the candidates in our two polls. We had more Republican votes cast overall, however, suggesting Huckabee might have an advantage.

By the way, our presidential polls have been quite popular, with the number of responses skyrocketing ahead of our usual numbers each week. I want to thank you all for joining in on the fun. And let’s keep it going. Is there a question you’d like to ask the industry? As usual, I’d love to hear from you - jswanson@glass.org.