Poll: Post-Palin Conservatives Far More Enthusiastic Than in 2004


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

In a stunning turn-around, a new poll taken after Sarah Palin’s nomination as Vice President shows that grassroots conservatives overwhelmingly support John McCain for president at levels that may eclipse conservative enthusiasm in the 2004 presidential election!

The poll, conducted by Grassfire.org, found that 62% of conservatives now say they are “more enthusiastic” about the 2008 elections than 2004 — a complete reversal from May when the same question found that those “less enthusiastic” outnumbered the more enthusiastic by a 3-to-1 margin.

“Given the angst conservatives have felt over the past two years, this change toward McCain by conservatives is both swift and stunning,” says Grassfire.org President Steve Elliott whose organization conducted a scientific random sample of its 1 million team members on September 8-9 for the poll.

Additionally, the survey also found that 93% of conservatives plan on voting for McCain (up from 67% in May), and 48% will volunteer and/or contribute (up from 24% in May). The difference? Sarah Palin. The survey found that 92% of conservative are “more enthusiastic” about McCain because of his choice of Palin as his running mate. “Clearly, it wasn’t enough for conservatives to oppose Obama or Clinton; they wanted a positive reason to support McCain,” says Elliott. “Palin is making this possible.”

Key Findings Summary:

— 93% of conservatives plan on voting for McCain (up from 67% in May)

– 92% of conservatives are “more enthusiastic” about McCain due to the Palin announcement

– 48% of conservatives will volunteer time and/or donate to McCain (up from 24% in May)

– 62% of conservatives are “more enthusiastic” about 2008 elections than 2004 while just 12% are less enthusiastic (a reversal from May when 20% were more enthusiastic and 61% less)

– 88% of conservatives think McCain will win, up from (up from 61% in May)

– 72% of conservatives say they are “better off” or “about the same” than in 2004 (65% in May)

More than 16,000 people took part in the Grassfire poll which has a 1% margin of error for the 1 million conservatives in the Grassfire.org network.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the new editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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