by Steven Ertelt
February 1, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Two national polls find pro-abortion former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain, who backs taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research, leading all Republican presidential candidates. The national polls also reflect recent surveys showing the two leading in Iowa and New Hampshire.
A Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll released on Thursday shows Giuliani is favored by 34 percent of the self-identified Republicans.
McCain runs second among GOP hopefuls with 22 percent while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has said he wouldn’t make any announcement about a campaign until September, comes in third with 15 percent.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all polled in single digits.
Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, and Reps. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Duncan Hunter of California and Ron Paul of Texas didn’t register enough support to show up in the survey.
Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen Reports poll had Giuliani holding on to the top spot among GOP voters with 29 percent.
That poll shows McCain in second as well with 19 percent and 16 percent for Gingrich. Romney came in fourth with 8 percent and pro-life Sen. Brownback had the backing of three percent.
Huckabee and Hagel had one percent each in the Rasmussen survey.
Rasmussen found that Giuliani had held steady through three January polls at about 29 percent, McCain was steady at about 20 percent, Gingirch polled about 14 percent, Romney about 9 percent and Brownback went from negligible support to 3 percent in this recent poll.
The Fox News poll also surveyed Democrats nationally and pro-abortion New York Sen. Hillary Clinton hold a huge lead with 43 percent of those polled.
Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina came in second and third with 15 and 12 percent.
Vice President Al Gore, who repeatedly says he is not running for office, received 11 percent in the poll while no other Democrats registered more than single digits.