New Polls Show John McCain Fares Best Against Pro-Abortion Democrats

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 13, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 13,

Washington, DC ( — New general election polling data from CNN shows that Republican presidential hopeful John McCain fares better than any of the other candidates in the GOP field against Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. They’re the two pro-abortion Democrats considered most likely to capture their party’s nomination.

The news channel pitted McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani against the two Democrats and Obama and Clinton led in every comparison.

McCain was the only Republican to hold the two Democrats to single digit leads and their leads were within the margin of error against him.

Clinton held a 50 to 48 percentage point advantage among voters nationally while Obama led 49 to 48 percent.

Giuliani, who appears unlikely to get the Republican nomination with losses in Iowa and New Hampshire and more expected in South Carolina and Michigan, had a 55-42 disadvantage to Clinton and was down 56-40 to Obama.

CNN showed Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, down 58 to 39 to Obama and 56-42 to Clinton.

Romney fared worse than the other top-tier Republican candidates as he was behind Obama by 22 points, 59-37, and behind Clinton by 18 percent, 58-40.

Obama fared better than Clinton against each of the Republican candidates except for Rudy Giuliani, likely because the former New York mayor polls well among New York voters and others in the northeastern part of the state and undercuts Clinton’s advantage there.

Because 47 percent of Americans have a negative view of Clinton, she appears less likely to win a general election than her top Democratic opponent. Another 43 percent said they would never consider voting for her for president.

CNN did not appear to test any of the other Republican or Democratic presidential candidates and likely thought they were less likely to win the party’s nomination.

Opinion Research Corporation conducted the poll for CNN on January 9-10 and included interviews with 1,033 adult Americans. Interviews of likely voters typically find better percentages for Republican candidates.