Why Santorum is Ahead of Ron Paul & What Can be Done About It
by, 03-17-2012 at 02:45 PM (1899 Views)
On February 14, 2012 CBS Evening News reported "asked what qualities they looked for in a candidate, they picked moral character and values. Those are Santorum's strong points. Beating Barack Obama used to be the #1 thing people cared about, it's now the fourth thing they care about". That doesn't seem to be a fluke because exactly one month later CBS News Political Hotsheet was reporting the exact same thing:
As has been the case in every Republican primary or caucus held this year, beating Barack Obama in November is the most important quality Alabama voters were looking for in a candidate. But when asked which candidate would be most likely to do that, 46 percent chose Mitt Romney, and just 23 percent said Santorum was best positioned to win in November.
Santorum's appeal lay elsewhere: He won a large share of support from voters who said strong moral character was most important to them (getting 62 percent of their vote), and he won among those who were looking for a true conservative (with 51 percent of those voters' support).