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  Election 2008: McCain 45% Clinton 38%

Survey of 1,000 Adults

April 25-26, 2005

Election 2008


Rudy Giuliani (R) 42%
Hillary Clinton (D) 40%
Other 10%


Election 2008


John McCain  (R) 45%
Hillary Clinton (D) 38%
Other 10%



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 center.

Giuliani does a bit better than McCain among Republican voters while McCain makes slightly bigger inroads among Democrats.

Among those not affiliated with either major party, McCain leads Clinton 38% to 29%. Clinton leads Giuliani 36% to 30% among unaffiliateds.

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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)

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