The Washington Times/ CPAC 2014 Straw Poll

March 6-8, 2014 n=2,459 CPAC Registrants

Key Points about the Straw Poll
• Ballots collected from Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon. • All 50 states plus DC represented in the balloting. • Only registrants could vote.

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Straw Poll Votes Cast
3,742 3,408 2,930 2,395 1,705 1,251 641 1,757 2,459

1,558

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014
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Type of Registrant
60% 50%

48% 42%

40%

30%

20%

10%

5%

4%

0%

Individual Associated with CPAC Participating Organization CPAC Participating Organization Student
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Age
50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%

46%

18%

15% 11% 9%

18 - 25

26 - 40

41 - 55

56 - 65

Over 65

Q. What is your age?

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Gender
70%

63%

60%

50%

40%

37%

30%

20%

10%

0%

Male
Q. What is your gender?

Female

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Personal Core Beliefs
90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

78%

12%

7%

My most important goal is to promote individual freedom by reducing the size and scope of government and its intrusion into the lives of its citizens. My most important goal is to promote traditional values by protecting traditional marriage and protecting the life of the unborn. My most important goal is to secure and guarantee American safety at home and abroad regardless of the cost or the size of government.
Q. Which ONE of the following comes closest to your core beliefs and ideology?

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Job Approval
100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

Barack Obama 96% 79%

98%

Republicans in Congress

48% 46%

54% 44%

48% 51%

19% -60
2012

2%-94
2013

2%-96
2014

+2
2012

+10
2013

-3
2014

Approve

Disapprove

Net Approve

Q. Generally speaking, do you approve or disapprove of the job xxxxx is doing?

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Preferred method to fix Budget Deficit
Spending cuts only

78%

Combo of tax increases and spending cuts

18%

Tax increases only

1%

DK/Refused
0%

4%
10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90%

Q. Which of the following methods of fixing the budget deficit would you favor MOST?

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U.S.A.’s Role in the World
60%

52%
50%

40%

37%

As the world's only superpower, the U.S. needs to continue to bear the responsibility of protecting our allies in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, it's time for our European, Asian and other allies to provide for their own defense.

30%

20%

10%

10%

DK/Prefer not to say

0%

Q. Which of the following statements comes CLOSEST to your view regarding the United States’ role in the world?

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NSA’s use of Data Collection
90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

78%

19% 4% Favor Oppose DK/Prefer not to say

Q. Do you favor or oppose the National Security Agency's (NSA) use of data collection such as phone-tapping and reading of emails to combat global terrorism?

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View of Marijuana
45%

41% Marijuana should be legalized for recreational and medical use and taxed. Marijuana should be legalized only for medical purposes when prescribed by a doctor. Marijuana should remain illegal. DK/Prefer not to say

40%

35%

31%

30%

25%

21%

20%

15%

10%

6%

5%

0%

Q. Which of the following statements most closely reflects your view on the legalization of marijuana?

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GOP Presidential Nominee
KY Senator Rand Paul TX Senator Ted Cruz Neurosurgeon Ben Carson NJ Governor Chris Christie WI Governor Scott Walker Former PA Senator Rick Santorum FL Senator Marco Rubio WI Congressman Paul Ryan TX Governor Rick Perry LA Governor Bobby Jindal Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice Former AR Governor Mike Huckabee Former AK Governor Sarah Palin Other Undecided
0%

31% 11% 9% 8% 7% 7% 6% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 9% 1%
5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35%

Q. Thinking ahead to the 2016 Presidential election, who would you vote for as the next Republican nominee for President?

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