Forty-six percent of voters who have not decided who will receive their votes for president describe themselves as conservatives, according to a Rasmussen Poll released Sunday.
“Among voters who remain uncommitted to either of the major party candidates, 46 percent are conservative, 31 percent moderate and 16 percent liberal.”
If the poll is accurate, Romney needs to choose a running mate perceived to be a strong conservative, while not picking a running mate who will turn off too many moderate voters.
Romney did not have a strong conservative record as governor of Massachusetts, which may account for his current support among conservatives being 76 percent. To what degree Romney voters simply represent an anti-Obama vote and how much of the support is from conservative voters expecting Romney to be as conservative as they are is debatable.
The Rasmussen Poll found that 86 percent of those who call themselves liberals plan to vote for Obama.