by Steven Ertelt
April 1, 2008
Harrisburg, PA (LifeNews.com) — Hillary Clinton continues to lead Barack Obama in new polls of Pennsylvania Democrats with three weeks to go before the April 22 primary. The polls show some of her large lead eroding and surveys also show eventual Republican nominee John McCain topping both Clinton and Obama nationally.
Clinton once had leads in Pennsylvania ranging from 13 to 26 percent but the last two polls there show the lead reducing as both candidates campaign.
A Survey USA poll conducted in early March showed Clinton ahead 19 percent, but a new survey from the polling firm released today has her ahead by 12.
The poll found Obama gaining traction in the Keystone State, especially in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia — and he has always performed well in the primaries in large cities with higher populations of black voters and liberal Democrats.
Clinton has fared better in rural areas with traditional Democrats who tend to be somewhat more conservative.
The Survey USA poll shows Obama’s gain has been strong with male voters as Clinton previously led among men by five points and now trails by seven. Clinton continues to lead among women but her advantage is less than it was in early March.
Another Pennsylvania poll shows the shift towards Obama.
Rasmussen surveys showed Clinton leading by as much as 15 percent on March 5, but that number dropped to 13 percent by March 12, 10 percent by March 24 and now Rasmussen shows Clinton ahead by only five points, 47-42 with a poll released today.
Meanwhile, both pro-abortion Democrats continue to trail John McCain nationally as the extended primary has driven up the negatives for both among Democrats and independents.
The Rasmussen tracking poll released Monday shows McCain leading Obama 47-41 percent while he is ahead of Clinton 48-41 percent.
Gallup has McCain with smaller leads inside the margin of error leading Obama 47-46 and Clinton 47-45.
New surveys this week also show McCain faring well in top battleground states as he holds leads over both candidates in New Jersey, Virginia, Wisconsin and Michigan and is ahead of Clinton in Washington.