Failed marriages a fair question?
Are questions about GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s failed marriages fair game? Americans are split on their views, however a majority of Americans who said they are voting in Republican primaries said questions about his marriages are not appropriate. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we asked, do you believe it is appropriate for journalists to question Newt Gingrich about his failed marriages? Among those who say they are voting in the primaries, 51% said it is not appropriate, 41% said it is OK to ask, 8% did not have an opinion. Among all Americans we polled, 48% said it appropriate to ask questions about Gingrich’s failed marriages, 42% said it is not, 11% offered no opinion.
At the start of a CNN GOP Presidential candidates debate, CNN’s John King asked Gingrich if he wanted to respond to adultery allegations made in an ABC News interview with Gingrich’s former wife, Marianne. A fiery Gingrich responded, “No. But I will.” He then berated King by saying, “I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.” King defended himself following the debate saying it was a “duty” to ask the question because people were talking about the interview. King added, ”I understood that if I asked the question he was not going to be happy with it”, but King thought it was an issue that needed the dealt with and, “If we’re going to deal with it, let’s deal with it up front.”
Among all the Americans we polled, women thought it was a fair question with 51% saying it was appropriate, 41% said it was not an appropriate question, 8% had no opinion. Among women voting in Republican primaries, 51% said the question was not appropriate, 41% said it was, 8% did not offer an opinion.
The crosstabs for this poll are below. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,143 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 22, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults. Among those, 571 said they are voting in the Republican primary with a margin of error of ±4%.
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