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Rick Santorum Slipping In New Hampshire Poll, Bashing Gay Marriage Hurting Conservative Candidate

January 7, 2012

My quick take on the tactics of Rick Santorum as he attempts to build on the results of the Iowa caucuses leads me to think he is undercutting one of his strengths. Since landing in New Hampshire the coverage of his anti-gay marriage views and his frigid approach to birth control must leave many voters scratching their head.

First, there is a national economic message that most voters want to hear about, and, second Republicans are seeking a nominee that can win in November. Talking about how gay people should be denied their rights, at a time when poll after poll shows society is moving in the direction of modernity on this matter, is really one heck of a political blunder.  After all, Santorum has a rather decent (from a Republican perspective) manner in addressing economic concerns in this nation.  He  fouls the air however when he feels a need to attack gay people. 

It now seems that tracking polls are picking up on the mood of the New Hampshire voters and showing an erosion of support for the conservative Republican who would love to control the behavior in your bedroom. I just love those small government GOPers……

The Suffolk University tracking poll in New Hampshire continues to find Mitt Romney with a big lead over his GOP rivals, but it also shows Rick Santorum’s surge stopping as he slips back into fourth place.

Romney leads with 39%, followed by Ron Paul at 17%, Newt Gingrich at 10%, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman tied at 9%, and Rick Perry at 1%.

Key finding: “Santorum came under scrutiny at a campaign stop in Concord, N.H. earlier this week when he compared gay marriage to polygamy and admitted he did not know his medical marijuana laws very well. He was jeered for those answers by a predominately student audience. Overnight, his support dropped from 6 percent to 3 percent among undeclared (Independents) and also dropped from 9 percent to 2 percent among voters ages 18-34 years.”

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