I saw several terrific speeches today, but I’m completely exhausted, so discussing them will have to wait. What I will do, however, is link you to the results of the CPAC Straw Poll (in which Mitt Romney was victorious).
Personally, I wish I had access to the raw data they collected, as I’m interested in learning the answers to the following questions:
- Among those who stated that their top goal was promoting individual freedom and reducing the size of government, how many supported Romney and how many supported the other candidates?
- Among those who stated that their top goal was defending traditional values, how many supported Romney?
- Among those who stated that national defense was their top concern, how many supported Romney?
- What were the age breakdowns? Are young people leaning more towards Romney, for example? (For what it’s worth, I suspect the answer to this question might be yes given that Romney did better with CPAC voters than with the general public — and as the above link reveals, said CPAC voters were younger than their counterparts in the national sample.)
- What were the gender breakdowns?
Also, note the significant percentage of people in the national sample who are still undecided when it comes to the Republican presidential contest. I don’t think Romney has this in the bag just yet.