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Poll: Obama better-positioned to beat McCain

Latest update : 2008-03-06

A poll shows that Barack Obama stands a better chance than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to defeat Republican nominee John McCain in the November presidential election, with a 12-point advantage.

Barack Obama is better-positioned than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to defeat Republican nominee John McCain in the November presidential election, a poll showed on Wednesday.
   
With change versus experience emerging as the touchstone in this year's presidential battle, Obama's 12-point advantage (52 percent to 40 percent) over McCain doubled Clinton's six-point margin (50 to 44) against the Arizona senator, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll.
   
The survey, carried out prior to Clinton's dramatic Tuesday victories in three of four primary contests including the delegate-heavy states of Ohio and Texas, showed Obama losing out to McCain on experience (19 to 70 percent) and in knowledge of world affairs (24 to 64 percent).
   
But the 46-year-old Illinois senator came out ahead of McCain 53-32 percent on who was thought to have a clearer vision for the future, as well as on who was better positioned to bring about change (56 to 31 percent).
   
With his hard line on security and his vow to stay the course in Iraq where Democrats promise troop withdrawals, McCain inspired more confidence among respondents than Obama on the question of fighting terrorism (58 to 33), and he held a slimmer lead when it came to the war in Iraq (48 to 43).
   
Obama however carried respondents on the issues of the economy (49 to 37), immigration (48 to 35) and health care (56 to 30).
   
Overall, poll results showed Obama as more capable than Clinton of pilfering votes away from the Republican electorate in November, with 16 percent of Republicans saying they could vote for Obama compared to nine percent for Clinton.
   
The poll reflected the understanding that McCain lacks support among some social conservatives, with 30 to 33 percent of conservatives saying they would vote for Obama or Clinton rather than McCain.
   
The poll of 1,126 adults was conducted from February 28 to March 2 by telephone and has a three-point margin of error.
 

Date created : 2008-03-06

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