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(05/13/07) -

Democrats 2008: Hillary 35%, Obama 17%

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many Democratic Party supporters in the United States believe Hillary Rodham Clinton should be their presidential nominee in 2008, according to a poll by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion released by WNBC. 35 per cent of respondents would back the New York senator in a 2008 primary.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many Democratic Party supporters in the United States believe Hillary Rodham Clinton should be their presidential nominee in 2008, according to a poll by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion released by WNBC. 35 per cent of respondents would back the New York senator in a 2008 primary.

Illinois senator Barack Obama is second with 17 per cent, followed by former North Carolina senator John Edwards with 15 per cent, and former U.S. vice-president Al Gore with nine per cent. Support is lower for New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, Delaware senator Joe Biden, Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich, and Connecticut senator Chris Dodd.

On May 10, Obama said the environment should be one of the top priorities of the next president, adding, “When JFK made a speech about us going to the moon, none of the engineers knew how to do it. (…) But we set a bold and clear goal, and it was accomplished.”

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

If the 2008 Democratic presidential primary were held today, whom would you support if the candidates are:
(Asked of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents)

May 2007

Feb. 2007

Dec. 2006

Hillary Rodham Clinton

35%

37%

33%

Barack Obama

17%

17%

12%

John Edwards

15%

11%

14%

Al Gore

9%

11%

13%

Bill Richardson

3%

2%

1%

Joe Biden

2%

2%

3%

Dennis Kucinich

1%

n.a.

Chris Dodd

1%

Wesley Clark

1%

1%

Mike Gravel

1%

n.a.

John Kerry

n.a.

n.a

5%

Evan Bayh

n.a.

n.a.

1%

Tom Vilsack

n.a.

n.a.

1%

Other

n.a.

1%

7%

Undecided

17%

17%

16%

Source: Marist College Institute for Public Opinion / WNBC
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 823 registered American voters, including 279 Democrats, 227 Republicans, and 299 independents, conducted from Apr. 26 to May 1, 2007. Margin of error for the subsample of Democrats and Republican leaners is 5 per cent.