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(08/23/07) -

Republicans 2008: Giuliani 32%, Thompson 19%

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Rudy Giuliani remains the most popular contender in the race for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in the United States, according to a poll by Gallup released by USA Today. 32 per cent of respondents would vote for the former New York City mayor in a 2008 primary.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Rudy Giuliani remains the most popular contender in the race for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in the United States, according to a poll by Gallup released by USA Today. 32 per cent of respondents would vote for the former New York City mayor in a 2008 primary.

Actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson is second with 19 per cent, followed by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with 14 per cent, and Arizona senator John McCain with 11 per cent. Support is lower for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Texas congressman Ron Paul, California congressman Duncan Hunter, Kansas senator Sam Brownback, Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo, and Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel.

Yesterday, Paul expressed disappointment with the current administration’s foreign policy focus, saying, “We should become alert and understand what motivates suicide terrorism. (…) The chaos we created (in Iraq) actually has made our problems worse.”

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

Next, I’m going to read a list of people who may be running in the Republican primary for president in the next election. After I read all the names, please tell me which of those candidates you would be most likely to support for the Democratic nomination for president in the year 2008, or if you would support someone else.

Aug. 16

Aug. 5

Jul. 15

Rudy Giuliani

32%

30%

30%

Fred Thompson

19%

19%

20%

Mitt Romney

14%

6%

8%

John McCain

11%

14%

16%

Mike Huckabee

4%

2%

2%

Ron Paul

3%

2%

3%

Duncan Hunter

2%

1%

1%

Sam Brownback

1%

1%

2%

Tom Tancredo

1%

1%

Chuck Hagel

1%

1%

Newt Gingrich

n.a.

10%

7%

Tommy Thompson

n.a.

1%

1%

Other

1%

2%

1%

No opinion

11%

9%

10%

Source: Gallup / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 410 Republicans and Republican leaners, conducted from Aug. 13 to Aug. 16, 2007. Margin of error is 5 per cent.