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(06/14/07) -

Obama Trails Giuliani, Leads Thompson in U.S.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Democrat Barack Obama trails a prospective Republican presidential nominee in the United States, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 51 per cent of respondents would vote for former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008, while 39 per cent would support the Illinois senator.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Democrat Barack Obama trails a prospective Republican presidential nominee in the United States, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 51 per cent of respondents would vote for former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008, while 39 per cent would support the Illinois senator.

In a separate contest, Obama holds a three-point lead over actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson.

On Jun. 12, Obama discussed his energy policies, saying, “We know that transportation fuels account for a third of America’s global warming pollution. And we know there are fuels available that emit less carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere. To create a mass market for these fuels and ensure they’ll be used more widely, this standard will require that fuel sold in the U.S. contain 5 per cent less carbon by 2015 and 10 per cent less carbon by 2020.”

In American elections, candidates require 270 votes in the Electoral College to win the White House. In November 2004, Republican George W. Bush earned a second term after securing 286 electoral votes from 31 states. Democratic nominee John Kerry received 252 electoral votes from 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Bush is ineligible for a third term in office. The next presidential election is scheduled for November 2008.

Polling Data

Possible match-ups – 2008 U.S. presidential election

Giuliani v. Obama

Jun. 5

May 3

Mar. 29

Rudy Giuliani (R)

51%

45%

44%

Barack Obama (D)

39%

44%

43%

F. Thompson v. Obama

Jun. 5

May 15

Mar. 21

Barack Obama (D)

47%

49%

49%

Fred Thompson (R)

44%

42%

37%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 800 likely American voters, conducted on Jun. 4 and Jun. 5, 2007. Margin of error is 4 per cent.