A straw poll was taken, standard fare at CPAC. Here are the results.
CPAC 2010 Straw Poll (Poll details - PDF)Ron Paul continues his track record of winning straw polls (or should we say, over-performing?). This is where the poll needs to be clarified.
Straw poll of 2,395 CPAC registrants, February 18-20, 2010
- Ron Paul - 31%
- Mitt Romney - 22%
- Sarah Palin - 7%
- Tim Pawlenty - 6%
- Mike Pence - 5%
- Newt Gingrich - 4%
- Mike Huckabee - 4%
- Mitch Daniels - 2%
- Rick Santorum - 2%
- John Thune - 2%
- Haley Barbour - 1%
- Other - 5%
- Undecided - 6%
Only about 25% of the CPAC attendees bothered to vote in the straw poll. 13% of voters were associated with a CPAC cosponsor (such as the NRA, Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, the John Birch Society, and the highly-controversial GOProud - a gay conservatives group), 32% were individuals (i.e. non-college age), and 48% were students.
Fiscal issues came out way on top for the attendees; pro-life and pro-traditional marriage issues ranked very low. Not an accurate sampling of the grassroots Republican, or the primary electorate.
Age-wise, 54% were between 18 and 25 years old, 19% were 26-40, 14% were 41-55 years, and 10% were over 55 years of age. 64% of voters were male, 30% female, and 6% refused to answer.
So, the typical voter in the straw poll was a young, college-attending male, focused on fiscal issues. In other words, the standard Ron Paul supporter. In light of this, and given the strong libertarian bent of CPAC, I am not surprised that Ron Paul won the straw poll.