Hillary Maintains Lead in Rhode Island Poll
A Brown University, Rhode Island poll taken Feb. 9-10 shows Hillary Clinton maintaining her lead over Barack Obama, 36% to 28% with 27% uncommitted and 9% undecided. In September, Hillary's support was at 35%, so she gained a point. Obama gained substantially, from 16%
to 27%, garnering the votes of those previously for Edwards, Biden, Dodd, etc., but he's still 9 points behind Hillary. The undecided/uncommitted votes now are at 36%, in September they were at 35%.
Rhode Island's primary day is March 4, same as Texas and Ohio. The full poll results are here (pdf.) [More...]
On the issue of beating John McCain, which has been prominently in the news the past few days, it breaks down like this:
If the presidential general election were held today, would you vote for:
32% Republican John McCain or 43% Democrat Hillary Clinton? 25% don’t know or no answer
If the presidential general election were held today, would you vote for: 30% Republican John McCain or 42% Democrat Barack Obama? 28% don’t know or no answer.
In other words, both Hillary and Obama would beat McCain there.
If I were Hillary, I'd think about a few short trips to Rhode Island to excite the base before heading over to Ohio.
Here's a full demographic report on Rhode Island's 1 million people:
- 82% white
- 5% African American
- 11% Hispanic
The state dems have 32 delegates.
In the 2004 primary, the vote went 71% to John Kerry and 19% to John Edwards while Howard Dean got 4%.
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