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  Giuliani 26% Rice 24% McCain 21%

Survey of 310 Republican Likely Voters

November 8, 2005

Election 2008


Giuliani 26%
Rice 24%
McCain 21%
Gingrich 7%
Frist 5%


Election 2008


(w/o Giuliani, Rice, McCain)

Not Sure 30%
Gingrich 27%
Frist 11%
Pataki 9%
Allen 8%
Brownback 6%



November 12, 2005--Unlike the Democrats, there is no clear frontrunner for the Republican Party's 2008 Presidential nomination.

Three candidates, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Senator John McCain all are favored by more than 20% of GOP voters. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist are the only other Republicans to reach the 5% level of support.

McCain is the leader among the minority of Republicans with an unfavorable opinion of George W. Bush.

If the three leading candidates do not run, "Not Sure" takes over the Republican lead at 30%. In that scenario, Gingrich is the top choice for 27% of Republicans and Frist is next at 11%.

Senator Chuck Hagel, Senator George Allen, and Congressman Tom Tancredo were also included in the survey. None of them reached the 5% level of support.

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A plurality of Rice supporters favor Gingrich if the Secretary of State is not in the running. A plurality of both the McCain and Giuliani supporters move to the Not Sure category.

New York Governor George Pataki attracts more of Giuliani's vote than any other Republican.

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A separate survey conducted earlier this year found both McCain and Giuliani leading the Democrat's frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

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The telephone survey of 310 Democrats Likely to Vote was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 8, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 6 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence (see Methodology).

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