Hillary Has Highest "Net Support" of all Pres. Candidates per Rasmussen

Interesting Rasmussen poll came out this morning, measuring core levels of support and opposition for Democratic and Republican candidates:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_c ontent/politics/election_2008__1/2008_pr esidential_election/for_or_against_presi dential_candidates

"... Rasmussen Reports poll found that Hillary Clinton continues to enjoy the highest level of core support--32% say they will definitely vote for her on Election Day 2008 ... On a net basis (core support minus core opposition), Clinton (-12), Giuliani (-13), and McCain (-15) come out on top."

I have listed all candidates here ranked by highest net support (core support minus core opposition):

1st number - Definitely vote for (core support)   
2nd number - Definitely vote against (core opposition)
3rd number - Net (core support minus core opposition)

Clinton: 32, 44, (-12)
Giuliani: 27, 40, (-13)
McCain: 18, 33, (-15)
Edwards: 22, 41, (-19)
Huckabee: 17, 36, (-19)
Romney: 19, 39, (-20)
Obama: 23, 44, (-21)
Thompson:17, 40, (-23)
Richardson: 11, 36, (-25)
Biden: 12, 41, (-29)
Paul: 9, 46, (-37)
Kucinich: 8, 46, (-38)

These numbers deal directly with the "electability" argument.  Both core support and core opposition are important to the equation.  As things stand now, Hillary is best positioned out of all the Democratic and Republican candidates when it comes to this argument.

When looking at the trendline, the news is good for Hillary also. In March, when the first numbers in this survey were noted, Hillary was at 30 core support, 46 core oppose (net -16) while she is now at 32, 44 (-12), so her movement is positive. Edwards is static: he went from 20 core support, 39 core oppose (net -19) in March to 22, 41 (-19) now. Obama's numbers have gone in the negative direction: in March he was at 28 core support, 37 core opposition (net -9), but he is now at 23, 44 (-21), so it's actually a huge jump in the wrong direction.

Tags: Hillary Clinton, Opposition, poll, Rasmussen, support (all tags)




It's amazing to see Obama's 'def vote again'st # on par with Hillary amid the daily adoration from MSM.

He'll be crushed by GOP machine in GE in no time.

by prisonbreak 2007-11-14 07:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary

On what planet?  

by dkmich 2007-11-14 07:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Has Highest "Net Support"

Watch out Obama and Edwards' #s...

by prisonbreak 2007-11-14 07:31AM | 0 recs
two new national polls

Two new national polls are out today...
A new ARG poll is out. Very little change in the race to the white house on the D side, big move for Romney on the R side. The poll was taken between 9th and 12th.

Nov (Oct)
Clinton 46(45)
Obama 21(20)
Edwards 11(13)

Rudy 25(24)
Romney 21(15)

Cook/RT poll is also out, Clinton has widened her lead slightly.
Clinton 39 (36)
Obama  22 (23)
Edwards 12 (18)

by prisonbreak 2007-11-14 07:33AM | 0 recs
Re: two new national polls

Edwards may be starting to see the beginning of the end.  At some point soon this is going to start to be a two person race.

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-14 07:35AM | 0 recs
Re: two new national polls

I'll take these polls any day after the sustained three-week brutal, brutal attacks, ambush against from every corner of MSM, rival candidates etc.

by prisonbreak 2007-11-14 07:42AM | 0 recs
It won't let up from here

The media badly wants to be able to call it a close race and have content to fill the pages and the cable shows through Feb 5.

I think last week we saw the media attempting to make it a close race.   They were ready to pounce - with some cable guys begging the candidates to attack Clinton pre-debate - and when Clinton gave them an opening they did.

You watch the coverage of Giuliani in the coming days and weeks too.  They are going to treat him very very softly.  If he is to be the GOP nominee they don't want him to be damaged goods before the general gets underway.  They are going to help Giuliani along, at least through New Hampshire.

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-14 07:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Has Highest "Net Support"

Obama is tied with her for highest oppose, at 44 (not counting Paul & Kucinich), but Edwards is right behind at 41.  Hillary's core support, however is a lot higher than Obama or Edwards, so her net support is highest of all.

Frankly, I doubt that any credible Repug candidate will get less than 45% of the vote (and probably more in the upper forties anyhow), so the 44 figure is not what it seems -- certainly, the "50% who will not vote for Hillary" figure is nothing but a myth.

by silver spring 2007-11-14 07:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Has Highest "

Those who were hoping she would sink must be climbing the walls about now- it didn't happen.

by reasonwarrior 2007-11-14 08:54AM | 0 recs


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