Survey USA: 60% Opposed to Commutation
by Todd Beeton, Mon Jul 02, 2007 at 05:05:19 PM EDT
21% agree with President Bush's decision to commute Libby's prison sentence
17% say Bush should have pardoned Libby completely.
60% say Bush should have left the judge's prison sentence in place.
32% of Republicans agree with the President's decision, compared to 14% of Democrats and 20% of Independents.
26% of Republicans say Libby should have been pardoned completely, compared to 21% of Independents and 8% of Democrats.
Conservatives split evenly: 31% say Libby should have been pardoned. 35% say the judge's sentence should have been left in place. 31% agree with the President's decision to commute the prison sentence, but to leave the fine and conviction in place.
Will be interesting to see how the Republican presidential candidates respond in light of these numbers. 2/3 of conservatives either agree with Bush's decision or would have liked him to go further. Once again, pandering to their base will marginalize them with the electorate at large and serves as further evidence of just how far outside the mainstream the Republican Party has become.