National political figures who have a bit of a bad boy streak while in Washington DC do not surprise likely voters whatsoever, according to a new poll by POLITICO.
The poll was conducted by POLITICO after the recent scandal surrounding Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), or better known as Louisiana’s notorious “smooching congressman,” where he was allegedly having an affair with his District Staffer Melissa Peacock.
But as for the poll’s findings, likely voters said they were not at all surprised to hear that a congressman has been caught making out with a woman who was not his wife, referring to McAllister, with only 4 percent saying they were “shocked” to hear the news. Meanwhile, 77 percent said they were “not much moved at all” and 18 percent said they were “mildly surprised.”
Likewise, voters are not shocked when they hear of a congressman who has been arrested for buying cocaine, just like Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL). Only 11 percent of those surveyed said they were shocked, while 58 percent, however, said they were “not much moved at all.” 29 percent said they were “mildly surprised.”
As for it’s other findings, un-related to DC’s bad boys, the poll asked likely voters in high-contested congressional district, where midterm elections will be taking place this November, about issues such as Obamacare, or as MSNBC and the Obama administration calls it, the Affordable Care Act.
The healthcare law is highly important to likely voters in the midterm elections, with 89 percent versus 10 percent saying it is very important when “determining which candidate you support in November.”
When asked about if debate over the issue of Obamacare and it’s tumultuous kick-start, 60 percent of voters said debate on the healthcare overhaul should not be over, while 39 percent said debate should end.
A whopping 48 percent said they would like to see Obamacare repealed altogether, while just 16 percent said the law was perfect as it currently is. 35 percent suggested that the healthcare law be kept on the books, but modified.
Also, on political identity, only 17 percent of those surveyed described themselves as a “liberal,” while 41 percent said they would describe their political leanings as “conservative.”
And, 41 percent said they had a “moderate” political perspective. Nonetheless, of those who identified as “moderate” on the political spectrum, 35 percent said they leaned “conservative, 40 percent said they leaned “moderate” and just 25 percent said they leaned “liberal.”
Same-sex marriage, like abortion, seems to have become one of the most important social issues facing voters in the midterm elections this year.
When asked if they support or oppose same-sex couples marrying, 48 percent of likely voters said they supported the concept, while 52 percent said they opposed it. This is similar to other national findings where same-sex marriage is in a dead tie, dividing the country on the issue.
With the importance of how a political candidate stands on same-sex marriage, 62 percent of likely voters said it was important. Only 38 percent said it not important to them.
The poll was designed by SocialSphere, conducted by the research firm GfK and financed by POLITICO. It surveyed 867 likely voters between May 2 and 13 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.1 percentage points.