Trump gets 5% in straw poll of informed voters at Values Voters Summit

Texas Senator Ted Cruz
Texas Senator Ted Cruz

I was actually thinking of going to this annual Washington conference of value voters, because the speakers line up so closely with my values. You might think that it’s all social conservatism, but this is actually a really good place to find good talks on the free market system, as well as peace through strength foreign policy.

Anyway, they took a poll of the values voters, and Ted Cruz won:

Sen. Ted Cruz won the Values Voter Summit straw poll for the third year in a row on Saturday, a strong showing of support from evangelical voters for his 2016 presidential bid.

The firebrand Texas senator won a whopping 35 percent in the poll of summit-goers, ahead of runner-up Ben Carson’s 18 percent. That margin is significantly wider than last year, where he edged out Carson by just 5 percentage points.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) took third with 14 percent, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) with 13 percent. Real estate magnate Donald Trump finished a distant fifth with 5 percent.

Carson won the event’s poll for vice president, his second consecutive win for that category.

Family Research Council Action president Tony Perkins announced the results Saturday afternoon to applause from the conference’s attendees. Perkins’ group organized the three-day event.

Eight GOP presidential candidates took to the summit stage in order to make their case to the religious conservative audience—Cruz, Carson, Trump, Rubio, Huckabee, as well as Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Rand Paul (Ky.), and Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.).

The results confirm Cruz, Carson and Huckabee’s strength among religious conservative voters. Each rely on the voting bloc as a core piece of their electorate, but the huge win for Cruz is likely encouraging considering recent polls showing the senator outside of the top tier with evangelicals.

But the figures are surprising for both Rubio and Trump. Rubio’s finish shows him continuing to make gains with religious conservative voters as he rises in national polling. But the result is a disappointment for Trump, who had led with evangelicals in two recent polls.

The Values Voter Summit though is Cruz country and several conference-goers mentioned his name first as the person they trust most on issues important to social conservatives when interviewed by The Hill during the event.

[…]A handful of candidates didn’t attend the summit—Jeb Bush, Govs. Chris Christie (N.J.), John Kasich (Ohio) and Carly Fiorina.

The ones that didn’t attend are, not surprisingly, the same ones I marked as social moderates. Better than a Democrat, not as good as real conservatives like Jindal or Cruz.

Anyway, Cruz’s speech was awesome:

And his list of Day One promises was also amazing.


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) electrified conservatives at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday as he laid out plans for his first day in the White House.

Cruz vowed to rescind all of President Obama’s “illegal and unconstitutional executive actions,” said he would order the Department of Justice to prosecute Planned Parenthood, instruct the DOJ and Internal Revenue Service to end religious persecution of citizens, “rip to shreds” the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Upon each declaration, Cruz received huge applause and a standing ovation.

“That’s just day one,” Cruz said. “There are 365 days in the year, four years in a presidential term, four years in a second term. By the end of eight years, this ballroom is going to be a whole lot bigger. By the end of eight years, there will be a whole lot of reporters and journalists who have checked themselves into therapy.”

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My original list of favorite candidates in the 2016 GOP primary:

  1. Walker
  2. Jindal
  3. Perry
  4. Cruz
  5. Rubio

I really hope Jindal, Cruz or Rubio can take this thing, because I don’t want to have to be promoting someone I am not excited about.

15 thoughts on “Trump gets 5% in straw poll of informed voters at Values Voters Summit”

  1. This is promising, but what reason do we have to believe that the GOP will not just throw value voters under the bus like the last two elections?

      1. Agreed. I’m beginning to think it’s time for a new party. I mean, Bonehead actually called US “false prophets!” Talk about projection! But, I think he DOES speak for the majority of the GOP – sadly.

        Someone who knows history could educate us on this, but it seems our environment is a lot like the situation when the original Republican Party came into existence. The GOP has lost its courageous roots. I realize she has a liberal background, but can you imagine ANY other GOP candidate engaging like this? (watch this video):

          1. Why won’t the GOP politicians do that? Why won’t they stand up and call Democrats “baby butchers” and “baby sacrificers?” Why won’t they point out that the correlation coefficient of Democrat votes in favor of abortion to GOP votes against is -0.99?!? It is black and white, for Heaven’s sake!

            If Diane “partial birth abortion” Feinstein can get up in Congress and talk about the evils of waterboarding 3 known terrorists like it was the Holocaust, how come our side won’t do it when abortion IS a Holocaust – and call her out on her hypocrisy?!?

  2. I like Cruz. However I’m not sure cannot hold that office. yes his ,mother was an American but we really don’t have guidance on the issue.

    It may not be legal and any competitors say Trump and every Democrat has good reason to sue him if he is the nominee.

    Also I’m not sure that he is electable in the general . I’d hate to see the race go to Hillary or Biden because the Republicans who wanted Trump stay home

    Any democrat is simply on spoils or ethnic nepotism but most of the Republicans aren’t. Jindal is not and neither is Rubio and in the general, values voters aren’t even a big enough factor to carry with an unpopular candidate

    I absolutely would not count on anti immigration Republicans showing up loyally voting R anymore and if they don’t get what they want , a good immigration policy, they aren’t going to fall for the “A democrat will win” ploy since the policies of the parties are basically similar anyway.

    Worse is better is a thing.

    1. That’s why he’s far down my list, and Walker was above him. Walker is an evangelical who had establishment support because of his union busting and fiscal achievements in a purple state. His personal story was such a contrast to Hillary’s, too.

      1. I liked Walker too but he’s out of the race unfortunately. I have no idea who the nominee will be, playing the race card (albeit in a worthy enough way) with Ben Carson, Cruz or Rubio or Jindal won’t work

        Carson is anti-gun and Jindal unlikable, Cruz we discussed before and Rubio well he doesn’t hit many buttons.

        Also trying for the Hispanic vote that way is not going to work, Mexican Mestizos are not Cubans , you can’t do the ethnic thing.

        I’d have liked Walker myself but I would have needed more than public employee union busting to make it work. I hope they go with the Donald, he’s a Liberal really but his immigration and 2nd amendment position papers hit the right notes and his tax plan is alright.

        Also re: moral candidates, the best place to get traction is at the state level and to work to get the right people in even in Liberal areas, The President is not going to have enough clout to defund Planned Parenthood much less pass the smallest abortion restrictions

        1. Trump’s tax plan is a recipe for disaster! A lot of people are going to be so excited about Trump’s tax plan, but that’s only because they don’t realize the terrible problem with it. Trump’s plan is for around 75% of Americans not to pay any income taxes at all. Then the richer people fall into tax brackets of 10, 20, or 25 percent.

          This sounds like a serious tax cut in some ways, but it has a fatal flaw. And no, I’m not talking about the fact that it won’t generate enough revenue to run the government and pay off our debt (although that may be the case as well).

          The problem is, we already have around 41% of Americans who pay nothing in income tax. Nothing. Not a cent. And thus they have every reason to vote for higher taxes on others and more goodies for themselves from government. Having an entire group of Americans with no skin in the game is corrupting. It causes them to vote for bigger government that other people will pay for. Increasing the percentage of Americans who have nothing to lose (at least not directly) by voting for bigger government is going to make the situation worse, not better.

          We don’t need more leeches voting themselves more government goodies from the pockets of others. We’re already drowning in the fallout from that problem. But Trump’s plan turns 3/4 of the country into leeches on society who contribute nothing and yet reap the benefits. If Trump succeeds, he will have done more to entrench socialistic thinking and big government in the minds of Americans than the last 40 years of democrats combined.

          This is who Trump is. He, like all liberals, gives the people what they like to hear in exchange for votes and power. And if we fall for it, instead of standing for our principles, we deserve the evil fate we will get. Conservative principles are supposed to help us avoid people like Trump, with his nice-sounding but corrupting ideas. But too many who used to be conservatives (or at least they pretended to be) are leaving their principles behind to follow the promises of this Pied Piper that will lead to destruction.

          If I were an undercover liberal trying to get conservatives to inadvertently vote for a tax plan that would increase socialist leanings in America and guarantee more democrat voters in the future, it would look a lot like Trump’s tax plan. It looks like a tax break, which conservatives like, but it furthers the corruption by giving people no stake in what government spends money on and teaches them to get government benefits by voting for others to pay for them.

    2. I am an evangelical that felt forced to vote for two losers – McCain and Romney – the past two elections. But, I also voted for two 2-term right wing extremists – Reagan and Bush. So, we tried the middle of the road the past 8 years, and it does not work. Let’s go with a “loser” like Cruz or Jindal or Rubio, and see if perhaps he wins 2 terms.

      1. Obama is at least as far left as those guys are far right. Free markets, individual liberties, small government, personal responsibility. Why is that a “scary hidden agenda”?

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