Republicans would prefer a candidate who can beat President Obama over one with whom they agree on ideology, according to a new Gallup poll.
The poll finds that 50 percent of Republicans surveyed seek a candidate who “has the best chance” compared to 44 percent who “agree on the issues” with them.
In a matter for the psychologists – and maybe some of my readers! – to explain, men broke out 56-40 percent favoring someone with the best chance, while women were 49-43 percent in favor of getting a nominee who agrees with them.
I think overall this clearly demonstrates a strong desire to win stemming from animated dislike of the president, his policies, or both. But the margin by which electability is preferred over ideology is not so great that it would bar someone perceived to have less chance of winning, like Sarah Palin, from getting in the race and taking the nomination.
Also, contrary to what you might think listening to the mainstream media, Republicans are satisfied with the current GOP presidential field by a margin of 67-27 percent, according to the poll.