Potential Problem for the Dems
Sen. Hillary Clinton is by far the most popular presidential candidate among her own partyâs voters, but has among the lowest overall favorable ratings of the leading candidates. In sharp contrast, the front-running Republican candidate, Rudy Giuliani, evokes relatively modest enthusiasm from the GOP base, but is as broadly popular with all voters as any candidate in either party.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Aug. 1-18 among 3,002 adults, finds that 55% of voters who offer an opinion of Clinton express a favorable view of her, while 45% have an unfavorable opinion. Other leading presidential candidates, including Clintonâs Democratic rival Barack Obama (64%), have much higher overall favorability ratings.
Yet Clinton is highly popular with her own Democratic base. Nearly nine-in-ten Democratic voters (88%) who offered an opinion of Clinton express a positive view â with 38% saying they have a very favorable opinion. That is the highest percentage that any of the seven 2008 candidates tested â Democrats or Republicans â receives from their partiesâ voters.
Giuliani finds himself in a very different position than Clinton. His overall favorability rating is 10 points greater than Clintonâs (65%). But he lags behind Clinton â and his GOP rival Fred Thompson â in popularity among his own partyâs voters: 84% of Republican voters have a positive impression of Giuliani, but just 21% say they have a very favorable opinion.