Republican voters appear to be dug in on two very specific issues which could very well sway their votes when the time comes.
“The deal-breakers: What rules Republican candidates in or out?” asks a new CBS News survey. “The poll tested a number of policy positions in general terms, asking Republicans if they would consider voting for a hypothetical candidate for the party’s nomination who holds a different view on an issue than they did,” the researchers state.
“Among the issues asked about in the poll, the biggest litmus tests for Republicans are candidate positions on ISIS - which Republicans overwhelmingly see as a major threat to the U.S. - and abortion. Sixty-one percent of Republicans would not consider voting for a candidate who disagrees with them on dealing with ISIS, and half (51 percent) would not vote for someone with a different position on abortion,” the poll says.
As for Republicans, seven-out-of-10 are already following the 2016 election. Here are more numbers:
57 percent of Americans are already paying attention to the 2016 presidential campaign; 69 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 55 percent of Democrats agree.
56 percent overall say illegal immigrants in the U.S. should “stay and apply for citizenship”; 41 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 73 percent of Democrats agree.
45 percent overall say it is “important” that a candidate share their religious views; 65 percent of Republicans, 42 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats agree.
38 percent overall say abortion should “generally be available”; 22 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of independents and 54 percent of Democrats agree.
19 percent overall say Common Core education standards are a ‘good idea”; 10 percent of Republicans, 18 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats agree.
Source: A CBS News poll of 1,023 U.S. adults conducted March 21-24.