Americans say by a 50 percent to 37 percent margin that they want a Democrat to be the next President, but when it comes down to an actual choice between Republican John McCain and either Democratic contender, the race is a statistical tie. Barack Obama leads McCain by 47% to 44%, while Hillary Clinton bests McCain by 47% to 45%. The poll, conducted March 7-10, has a margin of error of 3.1 points. A Gallup daily tracking poll released earlier today had Obama ahead of Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent with a 3 point margin of error.
As far as the Democratic race for the nomination, Clinton leads Obama nationally among Democratic voters by 47 percent to 43 percent compared to 53 percent to 37 percent in January. Democrats believe by a 48 percent to 38 percent margin that Obama would have a better chance of beating McCain in November.