Poll: GOP Voters Split on Foreign Intervention

By:  Alex Newman
01/18/2012
       
Poll: GOP Voters Split on Foreign Intervention

Despite the rhetoric of most GOP presidential hopefuls, almost half of all Republican primary voters believe the U.S. government must stop spending so much money meddling in world affairs and should focus primarily on domestic priorities instead, according to a new poll released Tuesday by the Washington Times.

 

Despite the rhetoric of most GOP presidential hopefuls, almost half of all Republican primary voters believe the U.S. government must stop spending so much money meddling in world affairs and should focus primarily on domestic priorities instead, according to a new poll released Tuesday by the Washington Times.

Analysts said the results reflected deep divisions within the Republican Party. “That makes me say that the party is fundamentally fractured, and not only along the obvious lines of the social conservatives, the libertarian conservatives and the moderate conservatives,” pollster John Zogby was quoted as saying by the Times.

The survey was also indicative of changing priorities among GOP voters — especially after President Obama took up the mantle of interventionism and more firmly associated the philosophy with the Democratic Party. But Republican advocates of interventionism cited in the Times article blasted the results, too.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton even took the opportunity to attack GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul.

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