Obama Leads Top Republicans In General Election Match-Ups
Barack Obama would defeat all five of the top Republicans in prospective general election contests, performing better than either of his two top rivals, a new Zogby telephone poll shows. His margins range from a 4 percent edge over John McCain and a 5 percent edge over Mike Huckabee to an 18 percentage point lead over Mitt Romney, the survey shows. Against Rudy Giuliani he leads by 9 percent, and against Fred Thompson of Tennessee he holds a 16 point edge.
Hillary Clinton would defeat Romney by a narrow 46 percent to 44 percent margin and Thompson by a 48 percent to 42 percent margin. She would lose to Huckabee 48 percent to 43 percent to Giuliani 46 percent to 42 percent , and to McCain by a 49 percent to 42 percent margin. John Edwards would beat Romney, Huckabee, and Thompson, but would lose to Giuliani and McCain.
The telephone survey included 1,000 likely voters nationwide and carries a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. The poll was conducted Dec. 12-14.