Next Week’s Primaries: Obama Way Ahead in Oregon, Clinton in Kentucky

Posted May 13, 2008 at 11:27am

If polls showed Hillary Clinton with West Virginia snugly in her pocket, the same is true for Barack Obama and Oregon, which votes next week.

Three polls have Obama ahead of Clinton by double-digits. Obama leads Clinton 53 percent to 39 percent in a survey conducted May 10-11 by Public Policy Polling. Unlike most other states, the war in Iraq is considered by voters as the top issue with 41 percent saying so, compared to 34 percent who cited the economy. Obama leads Clinton among those who chose Iraq by 63 percent to 31 percent and has a much smaller 48 percent to 44 percent lead over her on the economy. In A surveyUSA poll conducted May 9-11, his lead is 54 percent to 43 percent with a 4 percent margin of error. The SurveyUSA poll still has the economy cited as more important than Iraq, but only by 32 percent to 25 percent. Obama leads among those most concerned with Iraq by 65 percent to 35 percent, and among those who cited the economy by 52 percent to 42 percent. A poll conducted May 8-10 for the Portland Oregonian gave Obama a 55 percent to 35 percent lead.

Kentucky, which also votes next week, is much like West Virginia for Clinton. She leads 60 percent to 32 percent in a poll conducted by SurveyUSA May 9-11