“If” is the biggest word in the English language, especially when it comes to politics. The polling institutions are starting to look at the state races, both in relation to the primaries and the general election. This poll from the Rasmussen Organization takes a look at the race in Ohio with the main question being what would happen if Hillary Clinton were to be the Democratic Presidential candidate.
The race in Ohio in 2004 was extremely close and the poll results show that if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, the race in 2008 would be just as close.
The way it stands today, Rudy Giuliani is leading Hillary Clinton by a margin of 44% to 43%, which is virtually a dead heat. If Hillary Clinton were to be the Democratic nominee and Fred Thompson the Republican, she would lead him by 44% to 43%.
For a long time now, these three have been at the top of the polls with the other candidates trailing behind, but the poll takes a look at how she does against the other candidates as well.
Matching her up with John McCain, she comes out ahead 44% to 41%. She has a very comfortable lead when matched up against Mitt Romney. She leads him by a margin of 48% to 36%.
They asked the Ohio voters to give the candidates a favorability rating. Hillary Clinton gets a favorable rating from 58% and an unfavorable one from 48%, Giuliani gets the best ratings of all the Republicans with 52% favorable and 42% unfavorable, Fred Thompson comes in next with 47% favorable and 39% unfavorable, John Mc Cain with an even 47% to 47% split and Mitt Romney gets 40% favorable and 47% unfavorable.
They asked a group of what if questions such as. What if Ohio Governor Strickland was to be the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate. If that were to be the case, 29% of the Ohio voters would be more likely to vote Democratic and 315 would be less likely.
What if Ohio Senator Vionovich were to be the Republican Vice President candidate? In this case, 23% of the Ohio voters would be more likely to vote Republican and 40% would be less likely to.
Governor Strickland is very popular in his home state of Ohio. He gets a 52% rating for doing a good or excellent job while 32% say he is doing a fair job and 13% say he is doing a poor job.
President Bush does not do so well in Ohio. He has 39% who say he is doing a good or excellent job, 16% saying he is doing a fair job and 45% saying he is doing a poor job.
Source: Rasumssen Organization http://www.rasmussenreports.com/