CPAC To Release Nat’l Poll Of Conservatives Along With Straw Poll | Talking Points Memo

Organizers of CPAC are working hard to ensure this year’s conference ends with a sense of what conservatives in America think about their presidential candidates. In past years, they’ve relied on the CPAC straw poll of attendees at the conference to meet that goal. But that’s failed recently for three reasons: One, the assembled CPACers are much, much younger than the conservative electorate. Two, Ron Paul has stuffed the ballot box in the past two years, leaving straw poll essentially a joke. Three? The turnout is extremely low — not many of the thousands that come here actually take time out to drop a ballot in the box.

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