- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Some highlights of an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll conducted this month on how supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton are viewing the presidential election:


Just 31 percent of Clinton supporters still not backing Barack Obama say they find the Democratic presidential nominee likable. That compares with 76 percent of Democrats overall, and 65 percent of all Clinton backers. Clinton supporters _ especially those still not supporting Obama _ think less of him in several other ways, too. Just 30 percent of her backers still not behind Obama find him inspiring, compared with 74 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of all Clinton supporters.


On the other hand, Clinton supporters think more highly of Republican candidate John McCain than other Democrats do. Forty-two percent of Clinton backers view McCain favorably, including 71 percent of them who still don’t support Obama. That compares with 33 percent of all Democrats who see McCain positively.


Even Clinton supporters solidly trust Obama more than McCain to handle just about all the top-tier issues. One exception: Those backing Clinton say McCain would do a better job than Obama on terrorism by a narrow 32 percent to 25 percent. All Democrats would rather see Obama handle terrorism, 38 percent to 22 percent.


Most Clinton supporters think that’s what McCain would bring _ 69 percent of them say McCain would continue President Bush’s policies. Eighty percent of all Democrats think the same. But just 35 percent of Clinton supporters still opposing Obama say McCain would follow in Bush’s path.


The AP-Yahoo News poll of 1,740 adults was conducted Sept. 5-15 and has an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points. It included interviews with 502 people who in AP-Yahoo News polls in January and April identified themselves as supporting Clinton in one or both of those months, for whom the margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4.4 points.

The survey was conducted over the Internet by Knowledge Networks, which initially contacted people using traditional telephone polling methods and followed with online interviews. People chosen for the study who had no Internet access were given it for free.

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