April 18, 2005--If Senator Hillary
Clinton is nominated to run for President in 2008, 44% of Virginia's
Likely Voters say they will definitely vote against her. Just 26%
will definitely vote for her while another 26% say it depends
upon who she runs against.
If these attitudes hold, it would be
very difficult for the New York Senator to carry Virginia in 2008.
She would have to carry approximately 80% of those who are not
committed in one direction or the other.
Virginia is the type of state that
Democrats need to capture if they hope to regain the White House.
The state currently has a
Democratic Governor, but a Republican has the lead in the race to
In Virginia, 63% of Likely Voters
believe Senator Clinton is politically liberal while 22% believe
she is politically moderate. Ten percent (10%) say the former First
Lady is politically conservative.
Nationally, 43% of voters believe Hillary Clinton is politically
liberal. This figure is updated at least twice a month, with the
next update scheduled for Wednesday, April 20.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of the state's
voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton. Forty-nine percent (49%)
have an unfavorable view.
President Bush is viewed favorably by
56% and unfavorably by 43%. Fifty-three percent (53%) of the state's
voters Approve of the way Bush is performing his job as President.
Just 51% of Democrats in the state
say they would definitely vote for Senator Clinton if she is the
nominee; 17% say they would definitely vote against.
Among unaffiliated voters, 18% would
definitely vote for Clinton while 38% would definitely vote against.
Thirty-percent (30%) of women in the
state would definitely vote for Clinton while 39% would definitely
Rasmussen Reports is an electronic
publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and
distribution of public opinion polling information.
Our publications provide real-time
information on consumer confidence, investor confidence, employment
data, the political situation, and other topics of value and
During Election 2004,
RasmussenReports.com was the top-ranked public opinion research site
on the web. We had twice as many visitors as our nearest competitor
and nearly as many as all competitors combined.
Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen
Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.
|Sign up for
our free Weekly Update|
The telephone survey of 500 Likely
Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports April 14, 2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3
percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. 39% of survey
respondents were Republican, 35% Democrat, and 26% unaffiliated (see Methodology)