Florida Activists Voted Following Presidential Tele Forum

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, announced that Newt Gingrich leads their Tea Party Straw Poll in Florida with 35 percent of the vote following Sunday night’s Tea Party Patriots Presidential Tele Forum which featured questions by Florida activists and leaders of Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum (Ron Paul was invited but could not attend).  Nearly 6,000 Tea Party activists in Florida participated in the call, and 600 voted in the Straw Poll.  Tea Party Patriots do not endorse candidates, but the Straw Poll provides a snapshot of Florida Tea Party Patriots activists.

“Last night’s Tele Forum and Straw Poll demonstrated again that the tea party values are winning in America,” said Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder and National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.  “The three participating candidates all pledged to decrease spending below the current spending level their first fiscal year in office, and vowed to repeal government controlled health care.  As long as tea party supporters hold the elected officials accountable, regardless of whom is elected, our priorities will be addressed.”

Straw Poll results:

Question: If the election were held today, who would you vote for?

Newt Gingrich                                              35%

Rick Santorum                                              31%

Mitt Romney                                                 18%

Ron Paul                                                        11%

Undecided/None of the Above                    5%

            (Results are rounded to nearest percentage point.)

Question: If [candidate name] becomes the nominee, how enthusiastic would you be about his nomination on a scale of 1-5?

Candidate

Not Enthusiastic

 

Middle

 

Extremely Enthusiastic

Newt Gingrich

17%

9%

16%

24%

35%

Rick Santorum

12%

8%

26%

19%

35%

Mitt Romney

20%

17%

23%

19%

21%

Ron Paul

50%

18%

13%

8%

11%

Each candidate in succession had 10 minutes on the call to respond to questions selected by Florida tea party activists and leaders, and had the last 90 seconds reserved for a closing statement.  Afterward, a Straw Poll was conducted (through the technology of the call) with the Tea Party supporters from Florida who listened in.

Tea Party Patriots is a national grassroots coalition with more than 3,400 locally organized chapters and more than 15 million supporters nationwide.  Tea Party Patriots is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.  Visit Tea Party Patriots online at www.TeaPartyPatriots.org.

 

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