Two polls to add to the list of our state-by-state general election match-ups: Alabama and Washington state.
John McCain leads both Democrats by wide margins in Alabama: Barack Obama by 55 percent to 37 percent and Hillary Clinton by 51 percent to 40 percent, according to Rasmussen Reports. The poll was conducted April 2 and has a 4.5 percent margin of error. McCain’s favorability rating is 60 percent, but only 46 percent have a positive view of Clinton and 39 percent regard Obama favorably. Forty-five percent of voters say the economy is the top issue and 16 percent cite Iraq. This is unchanged since we reported a SurveyUSA poll conducted March 14-16.
In Washington state, Obama leads McCain 51 percent to 44 percent while McCain is in a virtual 46 percent to 45 percent tie with Clinton, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted April 7. The margin of error is 4.1 percent. McCain runs ahead of Clinton among men voters by 57 percent to 34 percent, while she leads him among women voters by an almost identical margin. Obama does better among men, trailing McCain by a smaller 51 percent to 47 percent margin, while holding a double digit lead among women. Obama and Clinton both best McCain among voters under 34, though one age group where McCain runs strongly is the 35-to-49 bracket when matched against Clinton. A mid-March SurveyUSA poll had Obama ahead of McCain by 9 points and Clinton by 5 points, with a 4.4 percent margin of error.