New York, Massachusetts And National Match-Ups
In a Public Policy Polling survey conducted Jan. 29, Hillary Clinton led Barack Obama in her home state of New York by 45 percent to 33 percent, which is a narrowing of the gap for Obama. The poll was conducted before Rudy Giuliani’s decision to drop out, so on the GOP side, John McCain had been leading Giuliani 34 percent to 20 percent with Mitt Romney at 19 percent and Mike Huckabee at 10 percent. The margins of error were 3.4 percent for the Democrats and 2.9 percent for the Republicans. On issues, the economy and jobs ranked 46 percent and Iraq 30 percent, with all others in single digits.
In Massachusetts, another Super Tuesday state, a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted on the night that Sen. Edward Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama said that Clinton was leading Obama 43 percent to 37 percent. Like the New York poll, the economy was cited by voters as their top issue of concern, with Iraq coming in second. The margin of error was 3 percent.
In a hypothetical national match-up, Rasmussen says McCain leads Clinton 48 percent to 40 percent, and leads Obama 47 percent to 41 percent. The margin of error is 3 percent.