Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama would have a better chance than Hillary Clinton of beating John McCain in a general election, according to a new Time magazine poll. Obama outdid McCain 48% to 41% in a theoretical match-up, while Clinton and McCain tied at 46% each. Pollsters chalk up the difference to independents, who prefer Obama to McCain, but prefer McCain to Clinton.
The new numbers show a shift, as Dem candidates until recently held strong margins against all Republicans. Obama's advantage does not hold among Democratic voters, who favor Clinton over Obama for the nomination 48% to 42% in the same poll. The poll also found that more Clinton supporters would like her to name Obama as her running mate than vice versa.