or at least pointed out that it needed saving.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
On the front page of Freedoms Phoenix
is our first poll. We’ve had the ability to poll our readers for quite
some time but I find little value in polls (other than as a traffic
driver) but I was very curious what our readers’ prediction might be
regarding Ron Paul’s latest announcement.
The wording of the question and the options available were carefully
chosen for the following reasons.
By asking the readers of Freedoms Phoenix
what they thought the majority of Ron Paul’s supporters will do, I was
seeking a prediction rather than a preference. In the past I have been
amazed at how accurate our readership has been in their predictions. It
would have been a mistake to ask them their preference and expect a
more accurate result of what will actually happen.
The poll was not promoted across the Internet as we have the ability
to do because I wanted to get a snapshot of those that are regular
readers that were interested in sharing their ‘first impression’ of the
news of Ron Paul’s decision. Within 48 hours I think I can see the
The poll will remain up through Sunday June 15th 2008 (Father’s
Day). And due to this article I am certain that there will be a much
greater participation in the poll that may cause it to change
dramatically,… but I’ve already got what I needed to make a few
I did my best to offer all of the options available to most people
in one form or another so that I could come up with a more general
evaluation of the opinions of people whose minds I respected.
What percentage of Ron Paul supporters would likely stay involved in Presidential politics at some level…
44% believe that that Ron Paul supporters will vote for another candidate.
34% believe that that Ron Paul supporters will vote for a libertarian leaning candidate.
5% believe that that Ron Paul supporters will support a non-libertarian leaning candidate.
34% believe that that Ron Paul supporters will abandon Presidential politics.
45% believe that that Ron Paul supporters will join Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty.
The numbers can be sorted in many ways but I think the above is a pretty good prediction of what is to happen.
I am very interested in the personality type of the people being
speculated about here. The activists types that were the backbone of
the open dissent for the current system will continue expressing
themselves,… or they won’t. They may take a much needed break and/or
continue expressing themselves in various ways. Will one of those
methods be inside the structure of the Campaign for Liberty and in the
Republican Party? If not, then how, where,… why?... and even when is an important question.
I have many opinions on the subject. But I’ve learned over the years to
first focus on what questions would produce the most valuable answers.
Today on my radio show "Declare your Independence with Ernest
Hancock" I'll share my thoughts on the subject and post the MP3 here.
I'll be sharing the microphone with fellow libertarian activist and the
Ron Paul Meetup Coordinator for Phoenix, Arizona, Ed Vallejo.
It is going to be very interesting to see how the excitement of the r3 V O Lution
is translated into political power,... and can that even be accomplished in the traditional sense?
Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty will have a profound effect on he
elections of 2008,... How, What, Why, When and Who will it effect?
I'll add the MP3 of the show here this afternoon when I find time
between Father's Day celebrations. But you can listen live at 10am PST
"Declare Your Independence"
June 15th 2008 Sunday at 10am MST
| POLL RESULTS|
| Question: Ron Paul has ended his Campaign for Republican Presidential Nomination, the majority of his supporters will...?|
| Answers:|| Total
Responses in Poll:|| 200||
| || || 1. || Throw their support to John McCain|| 2|| 1%|
| || || 2. || Throw their support to Barack Obama|| 8|| 4%|
| || || 3. || Throw their support to Hillary Clinton|| 0|| 0%|
| || || 4. || Throw their support to Libertarian Party - Bob Barr|| 16|| 8%|
| || || 5. || Throw their support to Constitution Party - Chuck Baldwin|| 18|| 9%|
| || || 6. || None of the Above / Not Vote for President|| 20|| 10%|
| || || 7. || Help Ron Paul to take over GOP/spread Freedom message|| 89|| 45%|
| || || 8. || Focus on libertarian education of America|| 30|| 15%|
| || || 9. || Abandon Politics and get off Gov't Radar|| 14|| 7%|
| || || 10. || Learn to Love Big Bubba|| 3|| 2%|
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