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  Election 2008: Giuliani 42% Clinton 39%

Survey of 1,000 Adults

August 29-30, 2005

Election 2008

John McCain (R) 40%
Hillary Clinton (D) 38%


Election 2008

Rudy Giuliani  (R) 42%
Hillary Clinton (D) 39%



September 2, 2005--In hypothetical match-ups for the 2008 Presidential Election, Republicans Rudy Giuliani and John McCain both are essentially even with Democrat Hillary Clinton.

A Rasmussen Reports survey finds Giuliani leading Clinton 42% to 39% and McCain ahead of the Democrat 40% to 38%. An earlier survey found Clinton leading Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The survey highlights a major difficulty facing McCain as he seeks the GOP nomination--he's not very popular in his own party. Just 48% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of McCain while 27% have an unfavorable view.

By way of comparison, among Republicans, Giuliani is viewed favorably by a 63% to 17% margin.

Still, in an indication that Senator Clinton is the defining candidate for this poll, 72% of Republicans say that they would vote for McCain. Seventy-three percent (73%) say they would vote for Giuliani.

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Overall, among all Americans, McCain is viewed favorably by by 37% and unfavorably by 31%. For Giuliani, the numbers are 45% favorable and 27% 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.

Both Republicans lead Clinton among men and trail by a slightly smaller margin among women.

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The telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports August 29-30, 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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