Newsweek And Gallup Show A Big Democrat Divide

Posted February 9, 2008 at 4:57pm

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This poll conducted Feb. 6-7 shows a divided Democrat party, with Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton 42 percent to 41 percent among Democrats and those who lean to Democrats. The margin of error is 5 percent. The poll added that 62 percent of Clinton supporters and 60 percent of Obama supporters felt strongly about their choice. Ready for the “change” question? While Obama is seen is the more exciting and inspiring candidate (63 percent to 25 percent), the margin is smaller when it comes to who is more likely to bring about change (44 percent to 38 percent). Unsurprisingly, Clinton wins on the experience question, 62 percent to 22 percent. Obama has 68 percent support among African-Americans, 49 percent among college graduates and 47 percent among men, while Clinton enjoys more support among white voters (44 percent), voters with high school education or less (48 percent) and voters over 60 (44 percent).

The Gallup daily tracking poll, conducted Feb. 6-8, has Clinton ahead 48 percent to 43 percent, with a 3 point margin of error.

On the Republican side, when voters were asked to choose just between John McCain and Mike Huckabee (Mitt Romney dropped out during the survey period), McCain led 57 percent to 37 percent. Just how deep does conservative dislike of McCain go? Maybe not all that deep: the poll found that 76 percent of all Republicans and 69 percent of conservatives said they would be happy with McCain as nominee.