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Poll shows
problems for Clinton, Giuliani if they seek presidency

Poll shows
problems for Clinton, Giuliani if they seek presidency

Democratic senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is popular within her party but could have trouble winning the presidency, according to a poll that also identified potential hurdles within the GOP for former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. The former first lady held a double-digit lead over possible rivals in the survey released Thursday by Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion. Clinton, who has taken steps suggesting a 2008 bid, had the support of 33% of Democrats to 14% for former senator John Edwards. Former Vice President Al Gore was at 13% and Sen. Barack Obama 12%. Other Democrats were in single digits. Still, Clinton remains a polarizing figure, with 47% of registered voters saying they would definitely not consider voting for her. Twenty-five percent said they definitely would consider voting for her, while 28% said they would possibly consider it. Giuliani and Sen. John McCain of Arizona led the Republican field, with 24% favoring Giuliani and 23% backing McCain. Giuliani and McCain each led Clinton, 49% to 43%. But when Republicans were informed that Giuliani is "a pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-gay rights Republican," 47% said those traditionally liberal positions would be a major factor in determining how they voted, while just 22% said they would not be a factor. Conservative voters hold considerable sway in the Republican presidential primaries. "For Hillary, it is: She is acceptable to Democrats, but is she electable?" said Marist's Lee Miringoff. "For Rudy, he's electable; but is he acceptable to Republicans deciding the nomination?" The poll of 967 registered voters was conducted November 27-December 3 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. (Marc Humbert, AP)

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