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Presidential polling


Michael Fullilove


14 May 2008 09:30

New opinion polling published in Tuesday’s Washington Post illustrates the complicated dynamics of this year’s presidential race. The first conclusion that leaps from the data is that the times suit the Democrats. More than eight out of ten Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction – under the leadership of a Republican president of whom two-thirds of Americans disapprove. Americans favour Democrats over Republicans to manage the main problems the nation faces over the next few years by a 53%-32% split. (The Post reports that this is the greatest advantage the Dems have enjoyed on this metric since January 1993).

On the other hand, Senator John McCain is outperforming the GOP and looks competitive with both Senator Barack Obama (who would beat McCain by six points in an election held today) and Senator Hillary Clinton (who would beat him by three). The poll confirms that as a well-known maverick, McCain was the Republican Party’s best possible pick for its nomination.