In the latest FOX News national registered voter poll, McCain bests Clinton by a slim 4-percentage point margin â€” 46 percent to 42 percent â€” in a hypothetical matchup. Given the pollâ€™s 3-point margin of error, that means this race could go either way.
The Republican edge widens outside the error margin when the choices are between Clinton (40 percent) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (49 percent).
Women are slightly more likely to favor Clinton over McCain (by 4 percentage points), though they give the edge to Giuliani (by 4 points). Self-identified independents are somewhat more likely to say they would vote for McCain (by 8 points) and for Giuliani (by 9 points) than for Clinton.
It is Rudy’s election – if he wants it.
Remember Flap’s prediction:
2008 GOP Presidential Ticket: Giuliani and Allen
2008 Democrat Presidential Ticket: Clinton and Richardson
Favorability Ratings are even higher for Giuliani.
Likeability is seen as an important quality. The poll asked voters whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of several current and former candidates and finds that Giuliani has the best net positive rating.
Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of Americans have a favorable opinion of Giuliani and 15 percent unfavorable, giving him a 49-point net positive rating.
That puts him ahead of first lady Laura Bush, who has a 40-point positive (64 percent favorable, 24 percent unfavorable); and well ahead of the others, including McCain, who has a 24-point positive rating (49 percent favorable, 25 percent unfavorable); former President Bill Clinton, who has a 23-point positive (58 percent favorable, 35 percent unfavorable); and Hillary Clinton, who has an 8-point positive (50 percent favorable, 42 percent unfavorable).
Others included in the poll have a net negative rating. Slightly more voters have an unfavorable than a favorable view of Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (41 percent favorable, 44 percent unfavorable); Gore (41 percent favorable, 45 percent unfavorable); George W. Bush (40 percent favorable, 55 percent unfavorable); and Jeb Bush (28 percent favorable, 45 percent unfavorable, 27 percent unsure).
Discuss this blog post and MOREâ€¦. at the FullosseousFlapâ€™s Dental Blogs, My Dental Forum.
Technorati Tags: RudyGiuliani, HillaryClinton, JohnMcCain