3 in 4 Voters Expect Obama Nomination: Poll

Dems prefer him by 12 points in national survey
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2008 6:03 PM CST

(Newser) – A whopping three in four US voters say the Democrats will pick Barack Obama as presidential nominee, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released today. Expectations for the Illinois senator beat the poll's error margin for the first time and even bested John McCain's numbers over Mike Huckabee: Only 61% of those polled said McCain would nab the GOP nomination.

About half of surveyed Democrats preferred Obama as nominee; 39% said they liked Clinton. Asked about election day, voters were nearly divided, giving McCain a 1% edge over Obama and 4% margin over Clinton. A weekend Gallup poll posted different numbers, reporting that Democratic voters preferred Obama to Clinton by 47% to 45%.