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Hard-liners Don’t Speak for All Conservatives

A new Post/ABC News poll confirms that the hard-liners don’t speak for most Republicans and conservatives:

Still, a substantial proportion of Republicans say they have no opinion on the pick, and nearly as many Republicans support Hagel as oppose him. The numbers suggest the party’s base is hardly as incensed by Hagel’s selection as the GOP’s Senate conference — at least for now.

The difference between Republican support for the nomination (28%) and opposition to it (35%) is not that great. Among conservatives, there is likewise less support (31%) than opposition (37%), but considering the overwhelming, overt hostility to Hagel from many conservative media outlets it is striking that nearly a third of conservatives supports his confirmation. It’s worth noting that Republican and conservative opinion nationwide is almost evenly divided on the Hagel question, and nearly two-thirds of Republicans and conservatives don’t oppose him. The overall opposition to Hagel’s nomination is 24%. Republican hawks are in a political fight of their own making that gains them nothing and puts them on the wrong side of public opinion.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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