by Steven Ertelt
November 21, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll conducted by CNN finds pro-abortion New York Sen. Hillary Clinton atop the possible field of Democratic candidates for the nomination for president in 2008. Three pro-abortion lawmakers are bunched up in a bid to secure second place in what could be a hotly contested primary battle.
Clinton has more than a 2-1 edge over her leading rivals as 33 percent of the respondents in the poll said they backed the former First Lady.
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois had the support of 15 percent of Democrats while former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and former Vice President Al Gore had 14 percent each.
Clinton led Obama 28-17 percent in a poll earlier this month and Gore had the support of 13 percent of Democrats.
The poll found that an election gaffe by pro-abortion Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry cost him support as he dropped from 12 percent in the last CNN poll to just seven percent now. Kerry has been accused of belittling American troops in what he called a botched joke.
Clinton and Edwards appeared to be the recipients of the five percent of party stalwarts who defected from Kerry.
The joke also hurt Kerry as more than half of Democrats said they don’t want the 2004 nominee to represent the party again in 2008.
Meanwhile, 27 percent of Democrats don’t want to see Clinton as the nominee, an indication that there could be a large percentage of crossover voters if she is the standard bearer.
The CNN poll also found that Gen. Wesley Clark, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana and Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa were all in single digits.
They all back legalized abortions as well and Biden, Richardson, Bayh and Vilsack have promoted forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.
The poll of 1,025 Americans included interviews with 530 registered voters who described themselves as Democrats or independents who lean towards the Democratic Party.