Survey of 800 Likely Voters
January 22-23, 2007

Election 2008: Bill Richardson (D) vs. Rudy Giuliani (R)
Bill Richardson (D) 34%
Rudy Giuliani (R) 49%
Election 2008: Bill Richardson (D) vs. John McCain (R)
Bill Richardson (D) 39%
John McCain (R) 43%
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Election 2008 Poll: Richardson Enters Race Even with McCain

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D)

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) has announced that he is joining the list of candidates seeking the White House in 2008. Richardson is viewed favorably by 35% of Americans and unfavorably by 27%. A plurality, 38%, don’t know enough to have an opinion.

Despite being relatively unknown, Richardson enters the race essentially even with the man many consider to be the Republican frontrunner. The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll shows John McCain (R) with 43% of the vote, just four points more than Richardson’s 39%. However, Richardson trails former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) by double digits, 49% to 34%.

Support for McCain has been declining recently. Data released last week showed the Arizona Senator trailing Barack Obama (D) and John Edwards (D) in general election match-ups for the first time. Prior to that time, McCain had been ahead of every Democrat in our general election polls.

McCain is now viewed favorably by just 52% of American voters. That’s down from 56% earlier this month and from 59% in December. His vocal advocacy of increased troop strength in Iraq may be having a negative impact on his popularity. Just one-third of voters (34%) share McCain’s view while 56% want to go in the opposite direction and reduce the number of troops in Iraq. However, 94% think the troops will still be fighting in Iraq when the next President takes office.

While McCain has struggled, Giuliani continues to lead all Democrats in Rasmussen Reports polling. He holds modest leads over Senator Hillary Clinton (D), former Vice President Al Gore (D), and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards (D). He holds double digit leads over all other Democrats (see summary).

Giuliani also leads McCain and all other challengers in the competition for the GOP nomination. The Mayor who became known to the nation on 9/11 retains the highest favorability ratings of all candidates. Sixty-five percent (65%) have a favorable opinion of Giuliani while 29% have an unfavorable view.

Clinton and Obama hold the top positions among Democrats.

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