A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Michigan shows Hillary Clinton leading Rudy Giuliani 45 percent to 36 percent, Mitt Romney 45 percent to 39 percent, and Mike Huckabee 45 percent to 36 percent. If Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee, the results are essentially the same-Obama leads Giuliani 46 percent to 38 percent Huckabee 46 percent to 37 percent. Fifty-five percent agree with criticism that New Hampshire and Iowa have too much influence in determining the presidential candidates. Michigan’s Primary this year comes twelve days after the Iowa caucuses and one week after the New Hampshire Primary.
In Illinois, 46 percent would vote for a generic Democrat if the Presidential election were held today, while only 35 percent would vote for the GOP candidate. But Obama benefits more from the pro-Democratic leaning than does Clinton. Clinton with a 46 percent to 40 percent lead over former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a 45 percent to 41 percent lead over former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Obama dominates on his home turf leading Giuliani 55 percent to 31 percent and Huckabee 54 percent to 30 percent.