New Poll: John McCain Would Beat Either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 31, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 31,

Washington, DC ( — A new poll released on Wednesday by Rasmussen Reports finds Republican presidential candidate John McCain would beat either pro-abortion Democratic candidate, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, in a head to head matchup.

The poll follows on another conducted weeks ago showing McCain faring the best against the two among all Republican candidates.

According to the polling firm, McCain leads Clinton in a nationwide survey by a 48 to 41 percentage point margin with the rest undecided. McCain runs ahead of Obama 47 to 41 percent.

The surge McCain has experienced within the Republican primary battle, resulting in victories in South Carolina and Florida, has helped him against the Democratic candidates.

A Rasmussen poll in mid-January found McCain running two points behind Clinton and five behind Obama just days before he won in South Carolina.

“McCain has led Clinton in four of the last five polling match-ups conducted by Rasmussen Reports. He has had the edge over Obama in three of the last four polls,” Rasmussen indicated in a write-up about its survey.

The polling data finds Clinton has significant problems among male voters as McCain enjoys a 22-point lead with men. Among women, Clinton leads by three percent. The same gender gap doesn’t appear with Obama as McCain leads by eight points among men, five points among women.

McCain holds leads in part because he does well with independent voters.

McCain does better than either Democrat with independents in the new survey, but especially when Clinton is his opponent. Against the former First Lady, he leads 52% to 31% with unaffiliateds.

John McCain is viewed favorably by 52% and unfavorably by just 43%. His favorables have been in the 50%+ range since late November. Hillary Clinton is currently viewed favorably by 47%, unfavorably by 51%. Barack Obama is viewed favorably by 51%, unfavorably by 45%.