Hillary Clinton trails John McCain in a general election match-up in her home state of Arkansas and Barack Obama is not even close, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted March 18. McCain leads Clinton 50 percent to 43 percent and Obama by 59 percent to 30 percent. The margin of error is 4.5 percent. McCain far outpaces Clinton in favorability ratings, among voters by 66 percent to 50 percent. The economy is regarded as the top issue, with 48 percent of voters citing it, and among them, just 14 percent rate the economy good or excellent.
Rasmussen yesterday released a poll on Georgia conducted March 20 showing McCain leading Obama 53 percent to 40 percent and Clinton 54 percent to 34 percent. Georgia voters also named the economy as the most important issue (45 percent) and only 15 percent said the economy was good or excellent.
Nationally, the number of Americans who rate the economy good or excellent stands at 17 percent, according to today’s Gallup daiy tracking poll.
These polls, taken together with those in other border and southern states, shows some serious, if somewhat predictable, weaknesses for either Democrat in those regions and particularly raises a question about the proposition Obama has tried to put forth that he can make inroads in states that Democrats have long given up as lost.
See our list of other state-by-state matchups after the jump.