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Obama Leads GOP in Head-to-Head Matches

By John Zogby

In the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, Barack Obama trails fellow U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton in a national survey of likely Democratic Primary voters, but that same survey shows he would fare better against Republican opponents in General Election match-ups, a new Zogby International telephone poll shows.

Obama would defeat all Republican opponents, including John McCain of Arizona, Rudy Giuliani of New York City, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, and Fred Thompson of Tennessee in prospective presidential contests, the poll shows.

Meanwhile, Clinton would be defeated by both McCain and Giuliani, but would win against Romney and Thompson, the survey shows. Democrat John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina, would also lose to McCain and Giuliani but defeats Romney and Thompson.

The telephone survey, conducted May 17-20, 2007, included 993 respondents and carries a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points.

Overall, Obama would defeat McCain by a 47% to 43% margin, with the remaining 10% not sure. Against McCain, Obama does much better than Clinton among independents and Republicans, the survey shows. He wins 14% of the Republican vote, while just 8% of GOPers would cross the aisle for Clinton. Among independents, Obama wins 42% support against McCain, while Clinton wins 39% support. In both contests, McCain leads the two Democratic rivals among independents.

There is a big swing between the McCain-Obama contest and the McCain-Clinton contest among moderate voters, which in this survey included a partisan make-up of 38% Democrats, 25% Republicans, and 38% independents. In the McCain-Clinton contest, moderates favor McCain by a 49% to 45% edge, but in the McCain-Obama contest, moderates swing to favor Obama by a 49% to 41% margin. In contests against Giuliani, Obama enjoys a similar advantage compared to Clinton among these key swing voters.

Among independents, Giuliani narrowly tops Clinton, 44% to 43%, but Obama holds a huge 56% to 30% edge over Giuliani among those same voters.

Overall, Obama would also defeat Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, by a 52% to 35% margin, and would beat former Tennessee Senator Thompson, 52% to 35% edge.

In the primary match-ups for the two major parties, which largely measures candidate name identification, Clinton has extended her lead among Democrats from 33% in late February to 39% now (411 Democrats were surveyed, with a subsample margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points).

Among Republicans, leader Giuliani lost a little ground but, at 26%, still maintains a solid edge over McCain, who comes in with 13% support (378 Republicans were surveyed with a subsample margin of error of +/- 5.1 percentage points).

Copyright 2007 by Zogby International

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