The Washington Times - September 18, 2010, 03:53PM

Congressman Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, was voted as the straw poll winner at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. on Saturday. 723 respondents participated in the poll. The following are the straw poll results breakdown:

Presidential Candidate Name Total Votes Percentage

Mike Pence 170 24%
Mike Huckabee 159 22%
Mitt Romney 93 13%
Newt Gingrich 72 10%
Sarah Palin 51 7%
Rick Santorum 39 5%
Jim DeMint 38 5%
Bobby Jindal 15 2%
Mitch Daniels 13 2%
Chris Christie 11 2%
John Thune 11 2%
Bob McDonnell 10 1%
Marco Rubio 10 1%
Paul Ryan 7 1%
Haley Barbour 6 1%
Ron Paul 5 1%
Jan Brewer 1 0%
Undecided 12 2%

Vice Presidential Candidate Responses:

*(Mr. Pence was removed from the VP straw poll b/c of his win in the Presidential poll, but voters gave him this percentage in the VP straw poll, nonetheless.)

*Mike Pence 119 16%
Sarah Palin 112 15%
Rick Santorum 75 10%
Paul Ryan 51 7%
Jim DeMint 45 6%
Mike Huckabee 43 6%
Marco Rubio 43 6%
Bobby Jindal 36 5%
Bob McDonnell 31 4%
Chris Christie 25 3%
Mitt Romney 25 3%
Newt Gingrich 24 3%
Jan Brewer 20 3%
John Thune 15 2%
Mitch Daniels 10 1%
Haley Barbour 6 1%
Ron Paul 5 1%
Undecided 38 5% 

“It was a list of 16 candidates. We picked names of  those who have been talked about  in other settings as potential presidential possibilities. There was nothing scientific about the names that were selected,” said Tony Perkins, President of the D.C. based Family Research Council, which organizes the Values Voter Summit each year.  “I’m sure there were others that could have been included in this. There were some that actually had to be taken off, because they wanted to focus on their present races within their states. We honor those requests and took them off.”


Mr. Perkins told reporters on Saturday afternoon at Washington D.C.’s Omni Shoreham Hotel that the straw poll was more about what was on the minds of values voters than anything else:

“It’s definitive in the 2010 Values Voter Straw Poll, but I think we’re a long ways before the election. But I think it is definitive, at least descriptive, in the type of candidate, I think, Values Voters are looking for. Whether or not Mike Pence is even interested in seeking president—I’m not even sure he is. He represents the quality and the character that many voters in America are looking for.”