Rasmussen Poll: Obama bests Hillary 32% to 30%

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HAT TIP: Rasmussen Reports 

For the first time in the Election 2008 season, somebody other than New York Senator Hillary Clinton is on top in the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows Illinois Senator Barack Obama with a statistically insignificant two point advantage over the former First Lady. It’s Obama 32% Clinton 30%. Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards remains in third with support holding steady at 17%. No other candidate tops 3%. The survey was conducted April 23-26, 2007 meaning that the overwhelming majority of the interviews were completed before last Thursday’s debate in South Carolina. The impact of the debate will be measured in polling conducted this week.

Following a surprisingly strong fundraising report released at the end of March, Obama steadily gained ground during April. The last Rasmussen Reports poll released in March found Clinton enjoying a dozen-point lead. Since then, Clinton’s support has fallen seven percentage points while Obama’s total has increased the same amount. Obama now leads among voters under 40. Clinton is strongest among those 65 and older. Clinton has a two-point edge among Democrats. Obama has a nineteen-point lead among independents likely to vote in a Democratic primary.

Last week, the two top candidates were tied at 32%. Two weeks ago, Clinton had a two-point lead. Three weeks ago, it was Clinton by five. The week before that, the former First Lady was up by seven.

A separate surveyfound that Clinton is seen as politically liberal by 52% of American voters. Forty-four percent (44%) say the same about Obama while 39% see Edwards as politically liberal. Perceptions of Clinton’s ideology have shifted a bit closer to the political center in recent months. Obama has moved in the opposite direction—more to the left.

However, while Clinton is seen as being somewhat to the left of Obama among all voters, that is not the case among Democrats. Democrats tend to view most of their leading candidates as politically moderate. Perceptions among Democrats of Clinton and Obama are very similar.

Obama and Clinton are the frontrunners, but Edwards does best in general election match-ups. He leads all GOP hopefuls and is the only Democrat to lead the Republican frontrunner, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (see match-ups and favorability ratings for all Democratic candidates.

12 thoughts on “Rasmussen Poll: Obama bests Hillary 32% to 30%

  1. Sarah

    interesting how Hillary can be taken seriously even her husband does’nt and he knows her best.

  2. Thinker

    Obama, Clinton, Dodd et al are mainstream puppets. Every last one of them gives lip service to the Republican myths about the phony “war on terror” being about actually fighting terrorism instead of what anyone with common sense, a search engine and a map can tell it’s about, American domination of what remains of the world’s oil and natural gas resources. Every theater in the “war on terror” is intimately connected to oil and/or natural gas exploration, extraction or transport to market. Hello!! The reason why there hasn’t been another “terrorist” attack in the U.S. since 9/11 is because the Cheney regime hasn’t NEEDED another one.

  3. Thinker,

    Where have you been? THANK YOU, from the bottom of my skeptical heart. You hit the nail right on the head. It is all about imperial domination of natural resources and almost all of our wars are resource wars. Absolutely, damnit. 🙂

  4. dblhelix

    resource wars.

    and basically, the way things are shaping up, is that the election will revolve around competence in administering resource wars.

  5. rikyrah

    Obama and Clinton are the frontrunners, but Edwards does best in general election match-ups. He leads all GOP hopefuls and is the only Democrat to lead the Republican frontrunner, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (see match-ups and favorability ratings for all Democratic candidates.

    Hence why Edwards is going to remain around for awhile.

    I do appreciate my fellow conspiracy theorists on board.

    PS- I watched Hardball and got a nightmare – Ken Blackwell.😦
    He’s with the Family Research Council – double nightmare. He should be wearing an orange jumpsuit.

  6. I think Hillary’s criticism about Obama not being “tough enough” in reference to these the scam wars actually bumped him up a few percentage points. People know it’s a fraud and are fed up with that noise!

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