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Friday, December 21, 2007

It Is a Race for New Hampshire

New polls are coming out almost every day now and the latest buzz is about the USA Today/Gallup poll showing that Barack Obama has caught up with Hillary as she continues to slide.

8. (Asked of Democrats and Democratic leaners without a candidate preference) Which Democratic candidate do you lean toward the most?

32% for Obama and 32% for Clinton.

Republicans and Republican leaners chose Mitt Romney with 34% and John McCain at 27%.

Just as interesting though is when Democrats and Democratic leaners were asked who is more in touch with the average American, Obama received 37%, Edwards 28% and Clinton only 19%.

When asked who would stand up for what they believed in, Obama again took Clinton with 32% to 26%.

Shared values also gave Obama the lead over Clinton with 29% to 25%.

Has new ideas that would help solve the country’s problems also lists Clinton in third behind Obama (42%) and Edwards (20%) with Clinton trailing them at 19%.

The only categories Clinton came out ahead was in who they thought could beat a Republican candidate and who could get things done in Washington.

Which brings us to the question that basically negates the only two areas she came out ahead.

Question 11 (Asked of Democratic voters) "Which type of candidate are you more likely to vote for in the primary -- a candidate who agrees with you on almost all of the issues you care about or a candidate who has the best chance of beating the Republican?"

65% say the will vote for the person that agrees on issues and only 30% says they will vote for the person that has the best chance of beating a Republican.

This is just the latest in a number of polls showing Hillary Clinton losing the lead she had over Obama.

Her baggage may finally be catching up with her.

This USA Today article explains it this way:

•Democrats view Clinton as the candidate who knows how to get things done and is most likely to win the general election. But the New York senator ranks third, behind Illinois Sen. Obama and former North Carolina senator Edwards, as someone who offers new ideas and is "in touch with the average American."

Obama is seen as most likely to share voters' values and be willing to stand up for what he believes.