However, McCain fares better against Obama than he does against two other prominent Democrats. New York Senator Hillary Clinton leads McCain by eight points, 50% to 42%. Former Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, leads McCain 50% to 43%.
The same report states:
These numbers help explain why Election 2008 is competitive even though events so heavily favor the Democrats -- because the Republicans are on course to nominate their strongest possible general election candidate but the Democrats are not.
In all five hypothetical match-ups featured in this article, the Democrat leads the Republican among unaffiliated voters. In the match-up between the two presumptive nominees, McCain holds a slight edge over Obama among those voters.
Another poll shows:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday, Aug. 15, 2008 shows Barack Obama attracting 44% of the vote while John McCain earns 41%. When "leaners" are included, it’s Obama 47% and McCain 45% (see recent daily results). Tracking Polls are released at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time each day.
National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted July 13, 2008
By Rasmussen Reports
2* Fine… what if the choice was between Republican John McCain or Democrat Al Gore? For whom would you vote?
4% Some other candidate
4% Not sure
4* Just two more… what if the choice was between Republican John McCain and Democrat Hillary Clinton? For whom would you vote?
5% Some other candidate
3% Not sure
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence
This week they polled on views of Hillary Clinton:
The August 15, 2008 Rasmussen Polls:
Seventy percent (70%) of Democrats have a favorable opinion of Clinton. Just 45% of African-Americans feel that way, however, while 52% offer a negative assessment.