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POLL: Gallup Candidate Confidence


A new Gallup panel survey of 1,011 adults nationwide (conducted 7/23 through 7/26) finds:

  • 55% have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of confidence in Sen. John McCain "to do or to recommend the right thing for the war in Iraq;" 55% for former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 54% for Barack Obama, 51% for Sen. Hillary Clinton, and 50% for Sen. John Edwards.
  • 69% have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in Giuliani "to do or to recommend the right thing for handling terrorism;" 66% for McCain, 55% for Clinton, 53% for Obama, and 48% for Edwards.
  • 62% have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in Obama "to do or to recommend the right thing for the economy;" 61% for Clinton, 60% for Giuliani, 53% for MCain, 51% for Edwards.

 

Comments
Roy:

"...to do the right thing for the war in Iraq"? What bizarre phrasing, as though the war, not the Iraqi or American people, were the entity whose interests we should care about.

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One thing that seems strange is trust for McCain re Iraq, particularly given that his poll numbers have tanked as he's been most intimately linked to the conduct of the Iraq War since early this year. It just doesn't compute.

Likewise, Guiliani's high rating on handling terrorism is a bit surprising, given the tumble he's taken as well. I'd guess this suggests his shakey credibility on 9-11 has yet to sink in--meanining he's got significantly more down to fall.

Although maybe not. After all, it's just Republicans in the GOP primary race, and image may well be enough for them. But it should spell trouble for the general if the Dems are smart enough to pump enough money into firefighter ads.

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Nick Panagakis:

The first statement cuts both ways - its meaning is different depending on whether you are for or against the war.

55% have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of confidence in Sen. John McCain "to do or to recommend the right thing for the war in Iraq." 55% say the same about Giuliani.

But only 54%, 51%, and 50% say the same about Obama, Clinton, and Edwards.

Given that a majority of Americans believe the war was a mistake, not worth fighting, etc, these Democrats are not sufficiently credible on the issue, on how they would end the war.

Nick


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