How conservative are conservatives?

Are Republican voters really “conservative” in the culture wars sense of the word? Not really, suggests a poll from Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, which you can find on MSNBC’s blog, First Read.

Among the more interesting findings:

On abortion

-Fifty-two percent believe abortions should be legal under certain circumstances.

On health care

-Fifty-one percent of Republicans agree that universal health care should be a right of all people. The moralists are also split on the issue.

On social welfare

-Half believe the government needs to provide a “helping hand” and safety net.

On gay rights

-Almost half of all Republicans favor gays serving openly in the military. Even four in 10 moralists think gays should be allowed to serve openly.

-Seventy-seven percent believe companies should not have the right to fire employees based on sexual orientation.

On global warming

-A third say the government isn’t doing enough on global warming.

On defense spending

-Fifty-five percent say the government is spending enough or too much on defense.

On God and politics

-Fifty-two percent believe public policy should not contradict God’s law, but moralists – who are overwhelmingly in favor of this — drive this number.

(Hat tip, Andrew Sullivan.)

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