SEND O’REILLY TO A GOP DE­BATE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

The fourth Repub­li­can de­bate has come and gone, and at last a poll­ster has asked GOP vot­ers whom they really want on the podium as moder­a­tor. Given a choice of seven pri­mar­ily con­ser­va­tive broad­cast­ers, a new Vox Pop­uli sur­vey re­veals all: Fox News prime-time host Bill O’Reilly was in first place with 25 per­cent of the vote, fol­lowed by Sean Han­nity with 16 per­cent, talk ra­dio veter­ans Rush Lim­baugh (14 per­cent) and Mark Levin (11 per­cent), NBC “To­day” host Matt Lauer (7 per­cent) and talk ra­dio reg­u­lars Laura In­gra­ham (6 per­cent) and Hugh He­witt (3 per­cent). Nine­teen per­cent of the re­spon­dents were “un­sure” who they want as moder­a­tor.

That doesn’t mean they are un­in­ter­ested, how­ever. The poll also found that 88 per­cent of the re­spon­dents plan to watch the pres­i­den­tial de­bates while 93 per­cent definitely plan to vote in the pri­maries or cau­cuses next year. The sur­vey of 768 likely Repub­li­can pri­mary votes was con­ducted Nov. 5.

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