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Poll: Edwards Fares Best Against GOP Rivals

Posted June 21, 2007
Updated July 11, 2007

— Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards stands the best chance of any Democratic front-runner of carrying North Carolina in the 2008 presidential election, according to a new poll.

Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh group that represents many Democratic clients, surveyed 545 likely voters statewide on June 19. The poll, which has a margin of error of 4.15 percent, shows Edwards as the only leading Democratic candidate to top four GOP candidates if the election were held now.

Edwards and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani were in practically a dead heat, with Edwards capturing 46 percent of support to Giuliani's 45 percent.

Edwards' lead over other Republicans in a hypothetical head-to-head contest is greater. He would beat senator-turned-actor Fred Thompson 47 to 43 percent, U.S. Sen. John McCain 48 to 40 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 51 to 37 percent, according to the poll.

Meanwhile, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would lose North Carolina to either Giuliani or Thompson, the poll shows.

Giuliani would top Clinton 47 to 43 percent and Obama 46 to 42 percent, according to the poll, while Thompson would win 46 to 43 percent over Clinton and 45 to 44 percent over Obama.

The poll showed Clinton would beat McCain by 45 to 44 percent and Romney by 47 to 41 percent. Obama would beat Romney by 47 to 43 percent but would narrowly lose to McCain, 45 to 44 percent.

Public Policy Polling also pitted U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole against two potential Democratic challengers in next year's election.

Dole would easily defeat Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue 46 to 37 percent and State Treasurer Richard Moore 45 to 34 percent, according to the poll.

Dole had a 48 percent approval rating among voters surveyed, compared to just 37 percent for President George W. Bush.


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  • prideinusa4evr Jun 22, 2007

    I find it hard to believe there are that many people in NC that would vote for this wimp, they must have rounded up all his supporters for the poll.

  • wizard633 Jun 22, 2007

    I wouldn't vote for Edwards if he was the only one running!

  • Juliett Jun 22, 2007

    "I'm talking about the illegal issue - the war - Politicians who would rather spit at each other then take any action on any policy. Crime up and way out of control - Taxes going up left and right - loosing face and respect from other civilized nations the war on drugs country deficit and so on. And don't assume I didn't vote for Bush because I did."

    that was my sentiments exactly, and I too, voted for Bush.

  • HARDWRKR Jun 22, 2007

    When you think John Edwards, just remember one thing: BOHICA - BEND OVER, HERE IT COMES AGAIN! AMEN BROTHER

  • White Eagle Jun 22, 2007

    Hell, I'd vote for him just to get him out of the state. Oh wait, when he was elected to Congress he was hardly ever here anyway because he was already campaigning for President. On second thought, I'd vote for anybody but Mr. Edwards, the wealthy hypocrite.

  • nowon_yuno Jun 22, 2007

    Womens feminine product + something you carry your groceries in

  • ladyblue Jun 21, 2007

    this man will go places and I hope it's back to his millionaire home and leave north carolina alone. We been through his senatorship and that was a joke. If he's the best nc can vote for, go fishing that day.

  • gopanthers Jun 21, 2007

    Toube - That's the problem he does exactly what he wants when he wants all by himself. And one other thing I have earned/worked hard for everything I have and would prefer to keep it that way.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 21, 2007

    "my god you all are spoiled!!! and fortunately, we have a president, that despite the CONSTANT critisism does what he knows is best for this country, which is to defeat the enemy! The enemy being muslim extremests from the middle east!!!"

    Amen, brother!

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 21, 2007

    "This man will go places...."

    Oh don't tease me! I keep hoping this "Breck Girl" will go far far away... the man of the common people, you know...HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH