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  Election 2008: Hillary 44% Condi 38%

Survey of 1,000 Adults

August 25-26, 2005

Election 2008

Condoleezza Rice (R) 38%
Hillary Clinton (D) 44%


Election 2008

Laura Bush (R) 37%
Hillary Clinton (D) 47%



August 28, 2005--In a hypothetical match-up for the 2008 Presidential Election, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Condoleezza Rice by six percentage points--44% to 38%.

Six months ago, Clinton was ahead by seven percentage points--47% to 40%.

The Rasmussen Reports survey also found that the former First Lady leads the current First Lady by ten percentage points, 47% to 37%. Laura Bush has never held public office and never given any indication that she could ever be a candidate.

Bush is viewed more favorably than either of the other women in this survey. Fifty-five percent (55%) have a favorable opinion of Laura Bush while just 27% hold an unfavorable opinion.

For Condoleezza Rice, the numbers are 43% favorable and 33% unfavorable.

Hillary Clinton is viewed favorably by 42% and unfavorably by 43%. The Hillary Meter has measured the New York Senator's efforts to move to the political center this year. Currently, 28% of Americans say they would definitely vote for her and 39% would definitely vote against.

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It is interesting to note that Laura Bush's favorable ratings dropped when the question is asked about her as a potential candidate. Last fall, while her husband was the candidate, 67% had a favorable opinion of the First Lady.

A recent Rasmussen Reports survey found that 39% of Americans say now is the time to withdraw from Iraq. Forty-six percent (46%) say it is not.

Thirty-five percent (35%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of anti-War protester Cindy Sheehan and 38% have an unfavorable view.

When it comes to the overall War on Terror, confidence that the U.S. and its allies are winning has fallen to the lowest level ever.

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The telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports August 25-26, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. 37% of survey respondents were Republican, 37% Democrat, and 26% unaffiliated (see Methodology)

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