Poll: Clinton Still Ahead but Obama Support Surging

GOP field still wide open, Rudy's numbers slipping
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2008 6:12 AM CST
The clearest picture from the Republican poll figures was that of Rudy Giuliani's slumping support. Giuliani once was the clear front-runner but came in fourth place in the latest poll - just ahead of...   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is still in first place among Democratic presidential hopefuls nationwide, despite a substantial 12% leap in support for Barack Obama since early December, finds  the latest Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll. Clinton leads Obama 42% to 33%, with John Edwards trailing at 11%. Asked to pick between Clinton and Obama, a slender majority of Edwards voters went for Clinton. The GOP figures were less clear-cut.

"Republican voters are still trying to figure out who their candidate is, and most of them aren't satisfied with their choices," commented the poll's director. Among those surveyed, 22% of GOP voters favored John McCain, 18% Mike Huckabee and 17% Mitt Romney. Rudy Giuliani was in fourth place, his support sagging from 32% to 12% since October.  McCain was the only GOP candidate who would even come close to defeating Clinton or Obama if the general election were held today, the poll found.