- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2008


While much noise was made after Barack Obama picked up major endorsements last week from the Kennedy family, it appears the hullabaloo hasn’t translated into much concrete support, according to the latest Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen poll.

When asked “President John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline said that ‘Barack Obama could inspire Americans the same way as her father could.’ Do yo agree or disagree?” just 31 percent said they agree while 49 percent said they disagree. Nineteen percent said they aren’t sure.

When asked whether the fact that Sen. Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, has endorsed Mr. Obama made them more or less likely to vote for the candidate, 46 percent of the 1,000 adults polled said they were less inclined. Just 16 percent of respondents said they were more likely to vote for Mr. Obama because of Mr. Kennedy’s endorsement, and 34 percent said the backing had “no impact.”

When asked to give their post-mortem assessment of Rudy Giuliani’s failed campaign for the Republican nomination, 32 percent pointed to what they saw as “bad campaign strategy,” while 24 percent said his unrecoverable problem was due to his personal baggage. Twenty percent of respondents said Mr. Giuliani “focused on the wrong issues,” while 24 percent said they were “not sure” what caused the former New York City mayor’s demise.

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