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(08/11/07) -

Democrats 2008: Hillary 42%, Obama at 19%

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Hillary Rodham Clinton remains the national frontrunner in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in the United States, according to a poll by Gallup released by USA Today. 42 per cent of respondents would vote for the New York senator in a 2008 primary, up eight points since mid-July.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Hillary Rodham Clinton remains the national frontrunner in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in the United States, according to a poll by Gallup released by USA Today. 42 per cent of respondents would vote for the New York senator in a 2008 primary, up eight points since mid-July.

Illinois senator Barack Obama is second with 19 per cent, followed by former U.S. vice-president Al Gore with 18 per cent, and former North Carolina senator John Edwards with 10 per cent. Support is lower for New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, Delaware senator Joe Biden, and Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich.

On Aug. 8, Gore ruled out seeking the presidency next year, adding, “I may re-enter politics at some point in the future because I’m only 59 years old. (…) There is no single candidate that is putting forward a comprehensive argument about the environment or making climate change a priority. I will continue to work so that public opinion will push all candidates to make climate a priority.”

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. 5

Jul. 15

Jul. 8

Hillary Rodham Clinton

42%

34%

37%

Barack Obama

19%

25%

21%

Al Gore

18%

16%

16%

John Edwards

10%

9%

13%

Bill Richardson

3%

4%

2%

Joe Biden

3%

3%

3%

Dennis Kucinich

1%

1%

2%

Chris Dodd

1%

Mike Gravel

1%

Other

1%

No opinion

4%

6%

5%

Source: Gallup / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 490 Democrats or Democratic leaners, conducted from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2007. Margin of error is 5 per cent.