Academic journal article AEI Paper & Studies

What Republican Primary Voters Said in Arizona and Michigan in 2008

Academic journal article AEI Paper & Studies

What Republican Primary Voters Said in Arizona and Michigan in 2008

Article excerpt

John McCain and Mitt Romney's home-state electorates in the 2008 Republican primary season looked similar in demographic terms. In 2008, McCain was thought to be the more moderate candidate, and Romney the conservative alternative. In Michigan, McCain won more moderate-to-liberal Republican primary voters who thought, for example, that abortion should be legal, favored a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and said they never attended religious services. In Arizona, Romney beat McCain among those who thought abortion should be illegal and also among those who wanted to deport illegal immigrants. In the end, though, each man won his home-state primary in 2008--McCain in Arizona and Romney in Michigan.

Arizona

* 90% were white.

* 63% were fifty or older.

* 33% were white born again/evangelical Christians.

* 11% were Mormon.

* 54% did not have a college degree and 45% did.

* The most important issue for primary voters was the economy (32%) followed closely by illegal immigration (31%).

* 30% identified as very conservative, 36% as somewhat conservative. …

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