New Pew 2008 Poll
by robliberal, Sat Nov 18, 2006 at 07:54:12 AM EST
A new Pew poll shows Sen. Hillary Clinton still the frontrunner for the 2008 Democratic nomination followed by a strong second by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). Rudy Giuliani is slightly ahead of Sen. John McCain in the GOP race with a surprising strong third place showing by Conleezza Rice.
"Though some of this year's congressional elections are not yet decided, attention is already beginning to shift to the 2008 presidential race. Sen. Barack Obama has emerged as the leading rival to Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party's nomination.
Among registered Democrats, Sen. Clinton continues to lead by a wide margin 39% of party voters back her, compared with 23% for Obama. But the margin narrows among independent voters; 27% say they would like to see Clinton win the Democratic nomination, while 21% favor Obama.
Among the Republican contenders, Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani both continue to attract broad support. Among registered Republicans, the two run neck-and-neck (27% for Giuliani, 26% for McCain), and both receive the support of roughly three-in-ten independents as well.
The lists of potential presidential nominees for both parties mostly consist of veteran politicians, but the public wants more people from different walks of life to compete for high political office. About six-in-ten Americans (57%) say they would like to see more non-politicians run for high office, compared with 33% who think it is important to have experienced politicians running for office. Comparable percentages of independents (59%), Democrats (59%) and Republicans (56%) say it would be good for political outsiders to run for high office. "