2008: The Gallup Poll

March 28, 2007 at 5:55 pm 1 comment

By Megan Thee NY TIMES

A common theme among pollsters so far in the 2008 presidential race has been the Republicans’ lack of enthusiasm about their party’s candidate. A recent Gallup/USA Today poll suggests that one prospective candidate might stir things up a bit in the Republican race should he decide to run — former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson.

Mr. Thompson, who has expressed some interest in entering the race, was included for the first time in the nationwide Gallup/USA Today poll conducted March 23-25, 2007. In the poll, Mr. Thompson placed third behind Rudy Giuliani and John McCain among Republicans. Mr. Thompson appears to have gained support from those who previously said they would vote for Mr. Giuliani. Yet, Mr. Giuliani remains the standout Republican candidate with regard to popularity among Republicans with 74 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of him.

The Democratic race has remained constant among Democrats with Hillary Clinton currently leading the field followed by Barack Obama, Al Gore (who is not running at this point) and John Edwards, although Mr. Edwards has gained a bit more support recently. The poll was conducted after Elizabeth Edwards’ announcement that her cancer had returned and she wanted her husband to continue with his bid for the Presidency suggesting that the decision has had little effect on Democratic voters’ intentions.

These results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,007 adults conducted. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for the full sample and plus or minus 5 percentage points for each Democrats and Republicans.

The entire poll results can be found at http://www.galluppoll.com/content/Default.aspx?ci=27019&VERSION=p


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  • 1. Sheldon  |  March 28, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    I think this early in the campaign fundraising is more important than poll numbers. Hillary Clinton’s advantage in raising dollars will eventually impact her poll numbers.


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