New Rasmussen General Election polls
by DPW, Wed Feb 13, 2008 at 12:04:27 PM EST
Rasmussen released two polls today involving general election matchups in two potential swing states. The most dramatic differences appear in the poll of Colorado:
More after the jump.
Some internals from the article:
Sixty percent (60%) of Colorado voters currently have a favorable opinion of Obama while just 36% hold an unfavorable view.
McCain earns favorable reviews from 55% and less flattering assessments from 42%
Clinton is viewed favorably by 44% and unfavorably by 54%.
The economy is considered the top voting issue by 30% of Colorado voters while 17% name the War in Iraq and 15% say immigration. Health Care is the only other issue in double digits at 11%.
Among those who consider the economy most important, McCain holds a slight edge over Clinton but trails Obama by twenty-three percentage points. Among voters who cite the War in Iraq as the top issue, Clinton and McCain are essentially even, but Obama holds a twenty-five percentage point lead over McCain. McCain leads both Democrats by wide margins among voters who view immigration as the top voting issue of Election 2008.
Note that Bush won Colorado by 5 points in 2004.
Now, first of all, I have no idea how McCain would manage to beat Clinton on the economy (especially while losing so badly to Obama on this subject), but that's what the participants in this poll feel.
The other state polled by Rasmussen was New Hampshire, where the poll yeilded the following results:
And, the article discusses some internal info:
In New Hampshire, McCain currently trails Clinton by twenty-five points among women and Obama by twenty-six. Among men, McCain leads Clinton by nineteen while holding just a single point advantage over Obama.
McCain wins 78% of Republican votes when matched against Clinton but just 64% against Obama.
Overall, Obama is viewed favorably by 62% of New Hampshire voters. McCain earns positive reviews from 58% and Clinton from 48%.
Thirty-two percent (32%) of New Hampshire voters have a Very Favorable opinion of Obama. Just 21% are that upbeat about Clinton while 14% say the same about McCain.
Thirty-four percent (34%) have a Very Unfavorable opinion of Clinton. Eighteen percent (18%) hold that view of Obama while 14% are that pessimistic about McCain.
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Among voters in New Hampshire who consider the economy most important, Obama leads McCain by eighteen points. Clinton leads McCain by five.
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Both Democrats have a big advantage among those who consider the War in Iraq and health care as the top issue.
One interesting thing about these internals is Obama's strength with women. Many have questioned Obama's ability to attract support from white women in a general election, so these numbers are comforting. Also, considering the fact that New Hampshire has been so friendly to McCain in primaries, I must say that I'm happy to see both our candidates on top.
Finally, I will close by saying that these polls should be taken with a grain of salt considering how far away November is. Moreover, I'm sure there are swing states, such as Ohio, where Clinton outpolls Obama in general election matchup. So, I'm not suggesting that we extrapolate too liberally from this. However, these seem like numbers of interest to junkies like us, so I thought I'd share.