April 27, 2005--Given a choice between
Republican John McCain and Democrat Hillary Clinton, 45% of
Americans today say they'd vote for McCain. Thirty-eight percent
(38%) for Clinton.
If the Republican in the race was Rudy
Giuliani, it's a toss-up--42% for Giuliani and 40% for Clinton.
Both Republicans in the poll are viewed
favorably by 48% of Americans. Giuliani is viewed unfavorably by
25%, McCain by 24%.
Senator Clinton is viewed favorably by
41% and unfavorably by 42%. Rasmussen Reports publishes a
Hillary Meter every other week to
track the former First Lady's effort to move towards the political
Giuliani does a bit better than McCain
among Republican voters while McCain makes slightly bigger inroads
Among those not affiliated with either
major party, McCain leads Clinton 38% to 29%. Clinton leads Giuliani
36% to 30% among unaffiliateds.
Demographic details are available for
In his quest for the 2000 Presidential
nomination, McCain was far more successful in open primaries that
allowed Democrats and unaffiliateds to participate. He was notably
unsuccessful in Republican only primaries.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of
conservatives have a favorable opinion of Giuliani. Just 51%
have a favorable opinion of McCain.
Self-identified liberals are evenly
divided in their opinion of Giuliani (35% favorable, 37%
unfavorable). However, liberals have a far more positive view of
McCain (45% favorable, 26% unfavorable).
Despite the more positive opinion of
McCain, liberal voters would vote for Clinton over McCain by a 71%
to 16% margin.
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The telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports April
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)