by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll conducted by CNN finds that pro-abortion Illinois Sen. Barak Obama has moved into second place behind New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, another abortion advocate, among the candidates Democrats favor for president in 2008. Only last week did Obama first acknowledge he is considering running for higher office.
Hillary Clinton led all potential candidates with 28 percent support among Democrats. Obama is second with support from 17 percent of registered Democrats.
Former presidential candidate Al Gore has the support of 13 percent as does former vice-presidential nominee John Edwards. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry has the backing of 12 percent, but the poll was conducted before a recent incident in which he is accused of belittling American troops in Iraq.
All of the Democrats, including the rest of the potential candidates who received two percent or less, favor abortion.
Obama has already cut into Clinton’s lead as she dropped from 38 percent in a similar September CNN poll while Gore fell from 19 percent.
Looking at possible Republican presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain leads in the poll with 29 percent support from GOPers, gaining 6 from the September survey, while former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is second with 27 percent.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has 12 percent and is the only other potential candidate in double digits.
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a recent pro-life convert, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who opposes abortion, pro-abortion New York Gov. George Pataki, pro-life Virginia Sen. George Allen, and pro-life Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback have seven percent or less.
Some 11 percent of Republican voters in the CNN poll are undecided at this time.