New OH GE Poll: Obama more electable

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/pol itics/blog/2008/02/obama_clinton_strong_ for_mccai.html
U of Cincinatti Ohio Poll:

Obama 48%
McCain 47%

McCain 51%
Clinton 47%

There is more at stake in Ohio than the prospects for the Democratic Party's presidential candidates in Tuesday's primary election there.

In the bellwether state that typically rings clear with the nation's preferences for a president, a tight race looms for the Democratic nominee and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, according to the Ohio Poll.

In the battle for Ohio's 20 electoral votes, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois stands virtually even with McCain in a general election matchup tested in the Feb. 21-24 survey sponsored by the University of Cincinnati. The score: Obama 48, McCain 47.

In a matchup of Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and McCain, the Republican draws 51 percent of the Ohioans surveyed, and Clinton 47 percent.

While Obama supporters may take these results as evidence of what Obama was saying in last night's debate in Cleveland -- that he represents his party's strongest contender in a race with McCain -- the Clinton-McCain matchup sits within the margin of error in this poll -- plus or minus 3 percentage points -- portraying either Democratic candidate as a powerful nominee for the party in that expected November contest with McCain.


Tags: clinton, mccain, obama, Ohio poll (all tags)

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6 Comments

Re: New OH GE Poll: Obama more electable

Polls don't count this far out if they say good things about Obama.

Actually, I do think polls this far out are somewhat dubious, but if you look at what's happening now, while Obama is campaigning (effectively) against John McCain, Clinton is campaigning (not so effectively) against Obama. That's what interests me.

by BlueinColorado 2008-02-27 01:24PM | 0 recs
Yeah, the press ignored her today

in the Obama vs. McCain exchange on Iraq.

by bigdcdem 2008-02-27 01:27PM | 0 recs
Re: New OH GE Poll: Obama more electable

Interesting that you neglect to mention that all of these variations are within the margin of error. So the poll essentially means nothing.

by Fleaflicker 2008-02-27 01:42PM | 0 recs
Re: New OH GE Poll: Obama more electable

It doesn't mean "nothing", it means the three are all essentially tied in any head-to-head.  That is still useful information.

by NJIndependent 2008-02-27 02:07PM | 0 recs
Re: New OH GE Poll: Obama more electable

Yes, quite true. But it also means that the title to this diary is inaccurate.

by Fleaflicker 2008-02-27 03:07PM | 0 recs
Re: New OH GE Poll: Obama more electable

The numbers, they hurt!!

Honestly though, Obama has just recently started campaigning in Ohio, it makes sense that Hillary would be close due to name recognition.  The more revealing statistics in my opinion are in states that everyone campaigned heavily in, like Iowa and New Hampshire.  In those states Obama has clear massive leads over McCain, while Clinton trails or runs even with McCain.

by Skaje 2008-02-27 01:47PM | 0 recs

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