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POLL: WNBC/Marist National Primary


A new WNBC/Marist national survey of 811 registered voters (conducted 10/29 through 11/1) finds:

  • Among 385 Democrats and those who lean Democratic, Sen. Hillary Clinton leads Sen. Barack Obama (48% to 17%) in a national primary; former Sen. John Edwards trails at 10%. All other candidates receive less than five percent each.
  • "A comparison of interviews completed before and after last week's Democratic debate reveals Hillary Clinton's support among Democratic primary voters was 52% [n=224] before the debate and 43% [n=161] after the debate."
  • Among 306 Republicans and those who lean Republican, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani leads Sen. John McCain (30% to 17%) in a national primary; former Gov. Mitt Romney trails at 13%, former Sen. Fred Thompson at 12%, former Gov. Mike Huckabee at 5%. All other candidates receive less than five percent each.
  • 34% approve of the job George W. Bush is doing as president; 58% disapprove.
  • Clinton leads Giuliani (50% to 40%) in a general election match-up.

 

Comments
Andrew:

Hillary Clinton needs to be a liberal, a moderate or a conservative. You can't have it three ways, and this is why she has staggered in the polls lately. She's lucky her lead was too big to be immediately threatened. But it's early and she needs to start opposing the Bush regime with decisiveness and energy, and give straight answers to questions. Or else.

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Paul:

An individual debate that very few people actually saw, which the media doctors are going to spin every which way from Sunday is not going to move the polls significantly. Let's compare this Marist poll to the one done 6 months ago in May. Clinton's numbers have increased 13 points and Edwards is down 5 (Obama remained the same). Romney is up 6, the others have changed very little. This says to me that over time, Clinton and Romney have done better.

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Mike:

The one thing we don't need after the 2008 election is a passive President. Terrorist are here to stay, we need a leader who will not back down, someone who will stay focused. We also need a leader who will work with Congress to fix the immigration issue, health care, and social security. The three issues are connected and all pose an economic problem on our society. Maybe its not a new President we need but a fresh Congress. As for the Presidential election, I am still undecided on who I will vote but I know it will not be Ms. Clinton.

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Victor Prim:

I for one am a college senior, and I have looked at the poll numbers and I am more of a centrist. I do not believe Hillary Clinton's debate performace was bad at all. Was it her best, no! I take statistics in college and know enough to say Hillary Clinton is doing just fine. Go ahead spin away about her campain being derailed. But people know deep down it is not, good try though, I believe it has made her stronger. I know as a President you can not answer yes or no on a serious question, because if you inherit a bad situation and you stated theat you would end it, the media will jump all over you. Everyone will say, but you said in the debate this is what you will do. Hillary is much smarter and doing much better than all the spins out there, just watch.

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