Poll: McCain Ties Obama, Beats Clinton Narrowly

Republican is trusted more than either Democrat on economy
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 4:38 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, watches as Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., leaves.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – John McCain is tied with Barack Obama and has a 5-point edge over Hillary Clinton in a Reuters poll out today—an improvement for the Democrats. On economic stewardship, the Republican had a 3-point margin over Obama and a 5-point margin over Clinton. The pollster said the Dems continue hurting each other, “and McCain is getting a free pass.”

When the survey added Independent candidates Bob Barr and Ralph Nader to the hypothetical contests, Obama topped the presumptive Republican nominee, while the Clinton-McCain matchup remained unchanged. Obama’s national lead over Clinton grew to 51-38%, and the Illinois senator led among women and whites. Clinton led among the elderly, Latinos and less-educated voters.