Friday, August 15, 2008

Gore and Clinton stronger against McCain than Obama

In mid July, almost a month after Senator Clinton suspended her campaign, the Rasmussen poll shows Hillary Clinton is stronger than McCain, yet McCain leads Barack Obama in the poll.

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.

They summarize:
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?

43% McCain

50% Gore

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?

42% McCain
50% Clinton

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.

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