Poll Alert: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics 2008 Poll
If the 2008 Republican presidential primary were held today, for whom would you vote if the candidates were:
Rudy Giuliani 34%
John McCain 22%
Newt Gingrich 15%
Mitt Romney 3%
Duncan Hunter 2%
Sam Brownback 1%
Don't Know 17%
If the 2008 Democrats presidential primary were held today, for whom would you vote if the candidates were:
Hillary Clinton 43%
Barack Obama 15%
John Edwards 12%
Al Gore 11%
Joe Biden 4%
Bill Richardson 2%
Don't Know 9%
- Giuliani puts the largest number of voters at ease: two-thirds of voters (65 percent) say they would be at least somewhat "comfortable" with Giuliani as president, 58 percent McCain, 56 percent Edwards, 53 percent Clinton, 48 percent Obama and 21 percent Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney. Still, only 8 percent express complete comfort in a Giuliani presidency.
- Among Republicans, 83 would be comfortable with Giuliani in the White House, 75 percent McCain and 30 percent Romney. Among Democrats, 84 percent would be comfortable with Clinton as president, 70 percent Edwards and 60 percent Obama.
- Clinton is the best known of the candidates tested, regardless of party, with only 5 percent of voters unable to give an opinion of her. At the other end of the spectrum, Romney is mostly unknown to Americans — fully 67 percent are unable to give an opinion or have never heard of him.
- Clinton has a slightly higher favorable rating than the other top Democratic contenders: Half of voters have a favorable view of Clinton, 41 percent view Edwards positively and 41 percent have a favorable opinion of Obama.
- Giuliani not only has a higher favorable rating than the other Republicans, but he also bests the Democratic candidates. Moreover, Giuliani’s positive rating puts him slightly ahead of a beloved Democrat — former President Bill Clinton (52 percent favorable).
- It isn’t just Democrats (36 percent) and independents (37 percent) that want to learn more about [Barack Obama]. Among Republicans, 20 percent choose Obama as the candidate they want to hear more from, essentially tying with Giuliani at 19 percent; there’s also double-digit interest in learning more about McCain (11 percent) and Romney (11 percent).