Politics Re: Lukewarm Warm
posted by October 12 at 11:20 AMon
Well, some Seattle voters may be “all hot for Obama,” but apparently that love-fest doesn’t carry across the entire state.
A survey of Washington State voters conducted last week by pollsters Strategic Vision shows a strong preference for NY Senator Hillary Clinton over her main challenger, Illinois Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The poll, conducted October 5 through 7th queried 800 “likely voters” around the state and disputes the conventional wisdom that Obama leads Clinton as the preferred candidate in Washington, despite recent news reports of a big fundraising lead for the Obama campaign:
When Democratic voters were asked their preferences for the 2008 Presidential nomination, New York Senator Hillary Clinton led with 48%; Illinois Senator Barack Obama received 22% former North Carolina Senator John Edwards received 10%; New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson received 5%; Delaware Senator Joseph Biden received 3%; Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd 1%; Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich 1%; and 10% were undecided.
When Democratic voters were asked what they most looked for in a presidential candidate, charisma, experience, or ideology, 36% selected experience; 30% selected ideology; 18% said charisma; and 16% were undecided.”
On the GOP side, identified Republican voters indicated a weak plurality for former NY Hizzoner, Rudy Giuliani (37%), followed by late-entry codger Fred Thompson (20%), and a neck-and-neck race for third place between former MA Gov Mitt Romney (11%) and AZ Senator John McCain (10%).
Other survey responses show mixed support for Governor Christine Gregoire (48% approval versus 44% disapproval; 8% undecided), as well as a much closer potential 2008 rematch between the Gov and prospective GOP challenger Dino Rossi (47% to 45% support respectively).
Not surprisingly Washington voters took a decidedly dim view of President Bush’s overall job performance (20% approval; 69% disapproval), with a 71% negative response to his handling of the Iraq War against 19% approval.