08/09/2007 - Less than a week before the Iowa straw poll, the nine Republican presidential candidates squared off Sunday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. The debate, broadcast on ABC's "This Week," focused on several core Republican issues including the war in Iraq, abortion and taxes. Candidate views generally mirrored those of the Republican rank-and-file, but were often at odds with the opinions of the general public. What follows is an analysis of the major topics of the debate as compared with public opinion data.
Read the full article Republicans Preach to the Base in Sunday Morning Debate, which covers the views of the public vs. the candidates on issues ranging from Iraq to taxes to health care, at the Pew Research Center Web site.