TEA FOR PERRY
“No. 2 was former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s admission that he used prostitutes (23 percent), followed quickly by his resignation from that office. News of former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest for lewd behavior in an airport was the No. 3 scandal, at 18 percent,” Mr. Jurkowitz adds.
Pew pollsters, meanwhile, also have determined that 57 percent of Americans say erring politicians get caught more often these days because they are under “more scrutiny,” while 19 percent blame it on the “lower moral standards” of elected officials. Twelve percent reject both options; among those who offer an explanation, “the most frequently cited refer to elected officials’ ego or arrogance,” the survey said.
The event itself drew some luminaries. Also attending the two-day gathering: Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah; Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline of Minnesota; Thaddeus G. McCotter of Michigan; and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee; former Minnesota Gov.Tim Pawlenty; Herman Cain; Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II; and HotAir.com founder Michelle Malkin. There already is talk that potential presidential hopefuls Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry could shift from friends to “frenemies” as the 2012 campaign looms. Could be. A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that the much coveted tea party voting bloc favors Mr. Perry more than Mrs. Palin — at least for now.
Overall, 36 percent of likely Republican primary voters think it would be “good for Republicans” if the former Alaska governor enters the race. An identical number — 36 percent — also approve of Mr. Perry joining the fray.
But wait. Among tea party members who are likely primary voters, 49 percent say it would be good for the Grand Old Party if Mrs. Palin declares her White House candidacy, while 53 percent of the conservative grass roots clan like the idea of Mr. Perry in the race. The survey of 1,000 likely Republican primary voters was conducted June 14.