Sunday, December 17, 2006

Hillary, Rudy Lead in New Poll

Hillary, Rudy Lead in New Poll

Sen. Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani are the clear leaders for their party’s nomination for president in 2008, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reveals.

In the poll conducted from Dec. 8 to 11, respondents were shown a list of potential Democratic candidates and asked whom they would vote for if the primary were held today.

Hillary garnered 37 percent of the vote, more than twice the vote of the second-place finisher, Sen. Barack Obama at 18 percent.

The complete breakdown:
Hillary Clinton: 37 percent
Barack Obama: 18 percent
John Edwards: 14 percent
John Kerry: 11 percent
Joe Biden: 4 percent
Evan Bayh: 3 percent
Bill Richardson: 2 percent
Tom Vilsack did not receive a vote, while 3 percent of respondents chose another candidate; 3 percent chose none; and 5 percent said they were not sure.

On the GOP side, Giuliani beat out John McCain by 5 percentage points. The breakdown:
Rudy Giuliani: 34 percent
John McCain: 29 percent
Newt Gingrich: 10 percent
Mitt Romney: 8 percent
Sam Brownback: 2 percent
Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
George Pataki: 1 percent
Tommy Thompson: 1 percent
Two percent chose another candidate; 3 percent chose none; and 8 percent were unsure.

Another recent poll, this one by ABC News and The Washington Post, also showed Giuliani leading all GOP contenders with 34 percent of the vote, ahead of No. 2 McCain at 26 percent.

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