Once again at our monthly meeting, held on the second Saturday on the month in Amherst, the attendees took a Presidential Preference Survey designed and distributed by Ohio Conservatives United. The survey asks 1) to rank your candidate preferences at the current time from 1-5; 2) whether or not you would consider voting for a candidate who a consensus of Ohio conservatives are backing, even if that person is not your Number 1 choice, and 3) political affiliation and whether you would consider pulling a Republican ballot in the March 15 primary. Illustrated on the graph is a representation of the July group’s Number 1 picks.
While the June group had a Walker-Cruz-Rubio grouping at the top, July shows that Cruz and Walker receive just over half of the Number 1 votes. For liberty-minded individuals, these two have a lot to offer the conservative movement. Ted Cruz is probably the most ideologically articulate of the candidates and even Alan Dershowitz, his Harvard Law professor, said Cruz was one of the best debaters he had ever taught. Scott Walker has proven that he can win in a Democrat state and survive the hostility of the unions and others on the left, and he has done so while maintaining a positive attitude and outlook. Now of course, perfection is a difficult hurdle to jump, and neither Cruz (with his vote for the Corker amendment allowing the Iran deal to move as it has) nor Walker (with his support for amnesty followed by a convenient flip-flop) are perfect, but these two clearly understand the principles important to grassroot conservatives. Continue reading