Clinton Slips to New Low in Poll

37% approval rating worst of campaign; Obama appears to weather pastor storm
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2008 6:51 AM CDT
Barack Obama presses flesh on the campaign trail. A new poll says he has weathered the storm over remarks by his pastor, Jeremiah Wright.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is suffering some of the worst poll numbers of her political career, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Clinton chalked up a personal approval rating of just 37%, the lowest since March 2001, two months after her election to the Senate. And of Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain, the poll ranked Hillary the least capable of uniting the nation.

Although the Democratic rivals remain tied in the race for votes, the poll reveals that Obama has largely weathered the storm over his controversial former pastor Jeremiah Wright, with support numbers dipping only marginally. The "myth-buster" poll demonstrates that the pastor flap is "not the beginning of the end for the Obama campaign," said pollster Peter Hart.