On the eve of the Republican debate in St. Pete, a new poll of likely Republican primary voters in Florida provides a hint of why former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is leading in Florida, despite opponents' assertions that he backs gay marriage and abortion rights.
The poll shows that 77 percent of likely primary voters are opposed to gay marriage and that more than 60 percent don't believe abortion should be legal.
But asked about their stances on abortion and gay marriage, just 21 percent of respondents said they would never vote for a candidate who disagreed with them. Fifty percent said the issues are "important," but that "in the right circumstances" they'd vote for a candidate who disagreed with them. And a quarter of respondents said the issues wouldn't affect how they'd vote.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll of 1,099 adults in Florida was conducted by telephone by Opinion Research Corp. on Nov. 26-26. It included 300 voters who said they're likely to vote in the GOP prez primary.