Bachmann wins conservative straw poll
April 12th, 2011
09:29 AM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann wins conservative straw poll

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann is the winner of a recent straw poll among evangelical and Christian conservative voters, the latest sign the Minnesota Republican may enjoy significant support from that key voting bloc if she decides to run for president.

Bachmann took 23 percent of the vote in a Liberty University straw poll conducted after a two-day gathering of evangelicals at the Christian college that addressed a range of issues, including "abortion, the economy, religious liberty, marriage and homosexuality, [and] Sharia Law," according the school's website.

Bachmann did not appear at the event in person but delivered a video-taped address. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who also did not appear at the event, garnered 22 percent in the straw poll while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who addressed the crowd Friday, received 21 percent.

Meanwhile, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was the victor in a straw poll at the Greenville County Republican Party convention over the weekend.

Santorum was one of three potential candidates to address Saturday's convention. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Gingrich also spoke there.

- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Polls
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. jim

    unfortunate. that's a sure sign that christian conservatives and evengelicals are flat out stupid. I had hoped for a better sign.

    April 12, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Rsprings

    Can we say Ross Perot? Bad idea. The Donald will split the vote which will guarantee Obama's reelection. His ego is outrunning his brain.

    April 12, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "Rep. Michele Bachmann is the winner of a recent straw poll among evangelical and Christian conservative voters, the latest sign..."

    ...that they're completely and utterly bereft of any common sense or rational thought whatsoever.

    April 12, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Now that Bachmann has overtaken Palin as the darling of the religious family values conservative wingnut of the GOP/Tea Party, will she stand up to closer scrutiny by the mainstream media? Other than FOX news, legitimate main stream news organizations have the responsibility to ask her tough questions.

    April 12, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. c

    All the repubs are such bad candidates that they all beat each other in the polls.

    April 12, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Sorensen

    That's great, let's get some more "evangelical" rubbish into politics.

    April 12, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Shari from Madison WI

    Okay, now I am scared. Bachman is no more than a judgemental, self righteous fool. She says she is a Christian, but she forgets that Jesus wants people to care for the poor and help them with their day to day lives. She has no interest in providing food and medical care to the poor. She wants state governors to be able to decide who gets to live and who has to die. I am so sick of the far right wing judgementalism and their hypocrasy!

    April 12, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. indydave

    Keep Dominionists out of the White House. The government is not there to shove religion down the throats of a diverse populace – it is there to administer laws equally to all citizens. Bachmann and Santorum are more dangerous to the American ideal than anyone seems to realize.

    April 12, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Who is in favor of a Trump/Bachman ticket for the GOT Party? Sound good to you. Not you? Bachman/Trump? Better?

    April 12, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Dale

    One of their issues is "Sharia Law". The only thing is... they are for Sharia Law– their version of it.

    April 12, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Ryan NC

    Just regurgitated a bit in my mouth. I don't know why but the two-day gathering of evangelicals at the Christian college that addressed a range of issues, including "abortion, the economy, religious liberty, marriage and homosexuality, [and] Sharia Law," sounds like something that would be popular in Iran... just another flavor of religious extremists... strange that they are against the Sharia Law, probably because they want to substitute it with their own version. Isn't it interesting that they are AGAINST abortion, marriage and homosexuality, and the Sharia law... I must assume that they are ALSO AGAINST the economy and RELIGIOUS LIBERTY... nice freudian mistep there!

    April 12, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. McMurdo

    Sharia law and right wing radical Christian doctrine aren't that different except that Sharia punishes wrong doers and Christians forgive them and then promote them to prominent positions like President or Speaker of the House. or Senator or Pastor .HYPOCRITES

    April 12, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. katy Heys

    Have we sunk so low that someone as ignorant as Bachmann and divisive as Bachmann could even consider a run for the Presidency?

    April 12, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Cosmo

    23% of evangelicals at an evagelical conference! Now that's really impressive. Come to Times Square and see what kind of reaction this nit-wit gets.

    April 12, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. diridi

    this idiot is another latent and hidden sarah palins with no brain.....you vote for this idiot??????

    April 12, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Last week it was Huckabee. This week it is Bachmann. Who will it be next week?????

    This is all so much foolishness.

    April 12, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. hairhofla

    When fascism comes to America,it will come wrapped in the American flag and be carrying a cross.....Sinclair Lewis

    April 12, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Billy

    Backmann is a radical "Special Interest" Lobbyist Puppet! They want "Evangelical " bigots, Ceo,s,and anti- Womens choice for their "Health". They will "Kill Stem Cell Research,which would save Hundreds of thousands of sick and elderly lives? They don,t make any sense, Save Human Eggs,Kill the living? Don,t quite figure? You folks are quite "messed up in your Thinking. Who in the H– wants to throw the elderly out of Nursing Homes,cut their Social Security checks,"That they Paid into for 60 years!!!!! What kind of "Heathens" are these people? WoW?

    April 12, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    abortion, the economy, religious liberty, marriage and homosexuality, [and] Sharia Law
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Look. I'm sick and tired of people calling themselves "Christians" when they do the most unchristian like things. I don't see how you can be a christian and be in politics. Politics involves lying and deceit. So keep the religion out of politics. As far as the 6th District Psycho goes, whatever!

    April 12, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Russ

    This would be a Democrat dream come true, to be able to run against Bachmann. She may get the majority, albeit very small numbers from a far right wing group, but in the real world you can't win based on your prejudice against gays and women and "Religious Law? What the hell is that. We came to this country to get away from religious law. So there you go, Bachmann, one giant leap backward for mankind.

    April 12, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Joe

    Too bad she is completely out of her mind crazy.

    April 12, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. martin

    She wants 800 million for a bridge in her home district. Yeah, cut government spending, as long as it is somebody else's needs that get the axe.

    April 12, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Based on their attack on women's rights and planned parenthood, the republican party has taken a page out of the Taliban play book.

    April 12, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Michelle Bachmann – one of many republican candidates endorsing the anti woman part of Sharia Law.

    April 12, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Trudy Schoenheit

    "abortion, the economy, religious liberty, marriage and homosexuality, [and] Sharia Law,"

    Well, so much for REAL Liberty.....
    Sounds like a Christian version of Shariah principles.... which it is, of course.

    April 12, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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