November 27th, 2007
06:14 PM ET
15 years ago

Poll: Florida Republicans oppose making abortion illegal, gay marriage legal

WASHINGTON (CNN) –– Likely Republican primary voters in Florida oppose making same-sex marriage legal but say abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday evening.

Less than 20 percent of the polled GOP voters said that abortion should not be legal under any circumstances, while 43 percent said it should be legal under "a few" circumstances. Nineteen percent said the procedure should be legal under all circumstances, and the remaining 15 percent said it should be legal under "most" circumstances.

On the question of whether same-sex marriages should be recognized as legally valid, 77 percent answered no while 19 percent answered yes.

According to poll results released earlier Tuesday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani would finish first if the Florida Republican primary were held today. Giuliani would garner support from 38 percent of likely primary voters, ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 17 percent, according to the 300 likely primary voters who responded to the poll. Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson tied for third place, with 11 percent apiece.

Poll respondents also see Giuliani as the Republican candidate most likely to beat the Democratic nominee in November, despite the fact that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York leads Giuliani 51 percent to 42 percent in a poll of 1,099 registered voters in the Sunshine State.

Respondents also gave Giuliani nods for leadership - 44 percent of likely Republican voters named him as the strongest leader - and likeability, with 39 percent calling him the most likable. But only 20 percent said he was the most honest candidate, just ahead of Romney with 19 percent. Thirty-four percent said Giuliani is the candidate that most represents Florida values.

Florida has been described as Giuliani's "firewall" - a state in which he can score a big win even if he has not met with success in the five primaries and caucuses held before Floridians go to the polls for the Jan. 29 primary, according to Keating Holland, CNN polling director. But poll respondents are split on whether that strategy would work: 51 percent said they think a candidate can lose the first five contests and still win the nomination; 47 percent said that's not likely.

Roughly two-thirds of the likely Republican voters, or 67 percent, say they remain undecided on who to vote for. Twenty percent said they are waiting for the early primaries. So, Holland said, it is difficult to predict what will happen in Florida before the primary season begins.

The poll was conducted Nov. 25 and 26 with 1,099 registered voters, including 300 who identified themselves as likely Republican primary voters. The sampling error for questions including all registered voters is plus or minus 3 percentage points; the sampling error for questions asked of likely GOP voters is plus or minus 5.5 percentage points. A CNN/YouTube/Republican Party of Florida debate will be held Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Florida. All eight GOP presidential candidates are expected to participate.

Florida is among the states penalized by both parties for moving its primary to a date before Feb. 5.

Filed under: Florida • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. A.J. Wash DC

    November 28, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. DK in PA

    I really find it hard to believe in this day and age that 77% of the population doesn't think that everyone should have the same rights. I'm blown away by the perpetuation of hate in this country and especially by the good "moral" crowd. You people are sick!!

    November 28, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  3. Terry, El Paso, TX

    It doesn't really matter what Florida Republicans want. When you vote for a Conservative, you don't get what you are promised. You vote against abortion, you get the Central American Free Trade Association. You vote against gay marriage, you get a budget deficit. You vote against flag burning, you get tax breaks for the oil industry. All of that flag waving they do is just hustling the suckers one more time. You vote for lower taxes, you get a $42 tax refund and a $50,000 deficit for every man, woman, and child.

    But, every time a Conservative thumps the tub, a crowd gathers around to applaud for a man who will make their lives worse.

    November 28, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  4. mark wilkes barre pa

    hard to believe CNN would even run this story,, democrats don even think florida matters enough to show up at the primaries there

    November 28, 2007 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  5. Paul C, Palmetto Bay, FL

    Republicans can always be counted on to try to dictate other peoples personal lives. The country is in the middle of a horrendous war and head over heels in debt but they know what is important.

    November 28, 2007 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  6. Wayne, Greenville TX

    And 64 percent of those polled in Florida want lower prices on the Early Bird Specials at their favorite restaurant....

    November 28, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    In true Republican style, these voters have decided that it's okay to kill babies but not okay for two people who love each other to get married. Great logic. It just shows how bigoted Republicans are.

    November 28, 2007 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  8. Chris, Pensacola FL

    What are you trying to do with this? Are you attempting to get people to argue and cover up the fact that there are REAL problems facing us?

    Our ENTIRE country is about to FALL. Our government is STEALING money from banking systems. We have men and women DYING in Iraq.

    All the media can do is what the government tells them to do. Use hot topic issues to distract the voters.

    Man I can't wait for the punishment to begin.

    November 28, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. rada, Houston TX

    Republicans should get their act together and stop intruding in others people lives. I remember what being republican ment. not any more... big spenders, intruding and it's shamefull. STOP!!!

    November 28, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. RightyTighty

    "300 who identified themselves as likely Republican primary voters. "

    I like to identify myself as a liberal leaning independent..

    Ha Ha!!

    November 28, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Rodney Dallas TX

    Like this is a shock to anyone? Republicans will never accept gays even if science proves that people are born gay. Research has been done and has showed that gay men contain the same INAH3 in the hypothalamus gland as straigt women. For those of you that don't know, INAH3 is the gland that controls sexual interest. The brain is programmed to be interested in someone of the same sex. Being gay is not a choice so why discrimate against gays for something they can't control.

    November 28, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. thankful! ny ny

    To Rodney, Dallas Texas

    This is the first time, in a long time I may add, that have seen such an intlligent and educational posting, thank you sir.

    As for the full of hatred majority, learn to be civil and accept people as they are not as you would want them to be.

    November 28, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. spinstopper

    "Nineteen percent said the procedure should be legal under all circumstances."

    ie.., 81% of Republicans want current abortion laws changed...

    November 28, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Xorth

    It's too bad that the democrats suck so bad at economics. But the economy is the real issue this round, so you have to pick a Republican or commit economic suicide by voting for a dem-wit. If the democrats were not in favor of going back to the old "raise taxes a lot and raise spending a WHOLE LOT" plan, then I would consider them. The reason that Clinton looked so good in terms of the economy in the 1990s is because his party lost Congress in the Nov. '94 elections, thus putting the Republican Congress in charge of the economy.

    January 21, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. Xorth

    What percentage of the total population do you believe is gay? I ask that question because spousal medicare and social security benefits being given to gay spouses will have to be considered. If, say 10% of all couples are gay more funding will be necessary, thus giving rise to the need for another payroll tax increase in the event gay marriage is passed by the govt.

    January 21, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. DKR

    Where is Ron Paul in these figures?
    I know he was right up there with Romney in the debates.
    According to text message polls and the like, Paul won with 42% and Romney was right behind him with 40%. Anyone who watched those debates and believes in the constitution would support Paul. But the media continues to ignore him. They showed a few sample polls about what users thought about the debates, and on each of them, Paul's name was nowhere to be found. I added up the percentages and on each poll, there was a large percentage unaccounted for. Paul's voters? Perhaps undecided people, but still, why not show Paul's support? Why does the media continue to ignore him? Well, I know the answer, but what gives? If you still believe in the USA, look up info on Paul. He is THE candidate.

    January 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |