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Edwards Lags Clinton in Elon Poll of Southern Voters

Posted November 15, 2007

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— The latest Elon University Poll shows North Carolina presidential contender John Edwards trailing New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination and Rudy Giuliani leading as the current favorite for the Republican ticket in the South Atlantic states.

The poll shows 45 percent of those surveyed plan to support Clinton, while Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and Edwards trail with 17 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

The Elon University Institute for Politics and Public Affairs surveyed 1,374 residents earlier this month from North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida earlier this month.

On the Republican front, former New York City Mayor Giuliani leads with 25 percent, Tennesse Sen. Fred Thompson with 16 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 12 percent.

Respondents were split on which party to support in 2008; 35 percent indicated support for the Republican Party, 36 percent favored the Democrats.

The Iraq War was the most important issue facing the nation for about one-third of respondents, with 83 percent saying it will influence their vote for the presidency.

The survey also found that voters were most concerned about the economy (13 percent), terrorism and security (11 percent), health care costs (8 percent) and immigration (8 percent).

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  • Sopranos Justice Nov 16, 2007

    framecop- your posts need the disclaimer

    "this ad was paid for by John Edwards for President"

  • colliedave Nov 15, 2007

    Sirius Channel 146 - LIBERAL talk radio.
    Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann, Mike Feder.
    Excellent listening.
    And none of them sound like ol' Rush Limbaugh on a pain-pill induced tirade. Take a listen sometime.

    Why should I pay to listen to something I can get for free from the liberal media? It has been proven that liberal talk shows cannot survive unless they are given tax dollars

  • JBunny Nov 15, 2007

    NOW...

    Sirius Channel 146 - LIBERAL talk radio.

    Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann, Mike Feder.

    Excellent listening.

    And none of them sound like ol' Rush Limbaugh on a pain-pill induced tirade. Take a listen sometime.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 15, 2007

    Edwards has a habit of lying by omission. This is a result of his trial lawyer training. Trial lawyers don't lie in court, they just don't provide the entire truth to the jury to the benefit of their client.

    He tells us that his father worked in the mill all of his life to show us that John Edwards has blue collar roots and values.

    What Edwards didn't tell us was that his father was a manager in the mill.

    This little bit of omission puts a different spin on Edwards claim that he has blue collar roots and values.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 15, 2007

    Edwards is a sleazy trial lawyer who will do and say anything to get elected.

    He's pandering to the poor with the promise of Socialist and Populist programs that will rob the middle class and the wealthy and give to the poor.

    He's hoping the poor will get him elected.

    If he's elected the cost of his programs will bankrupt the middle class, the wealthy, and country as a whole.

  • wcnc Nov 15, 2007

    you say numbers don't make a people right- I agree!!! Abortion is wrong, even though the polls show the majority of Americans support it.....ooooh, I bet you'll change that "logic" now!!

    And saying the war is wrong is an opinion, not a fact. I'm sure MANY people said the Revolutionary War was wrong, WW1 was wrong, WW2 was wrong, and on and on. I'm not saying every war is RIGHT, I'm just saying the people don't always know....OH NO, I think that's what you're saying!!! Could we actually agree, but just have opinions on opposite sides of some things....after that conclusion, I may need a little break!!

  • wcnc Nov 15, 2007

    strategic- since we are talking about "smart" people......how do you know who I do or don't support for President?? Because I have enough sense NOT to support John Edwards, I couldn't possibly support Clinton or Obama?? WOW- that's a HUGE assumption on your part. I can tell you like Edwards....that is fine- you are entitled to- just as I am entitled to think he's an idiot. And, you haven't shown me what he did as the NC Senator!!
    Just because I don't support him and his programs does NOT mean that I don't care about the problems of our country. I may have a different list of the important problems, but I am VERY concerned about MANY issues our country faces. So for you to assume my lack of support for Edwards means I'm stupid AND part of a group of stupid people, is incredibly ignorant on your part. I'd rather have some sense and figure out which candidate is telling me the truth than just take Edwards at face value.....

  • strategic Nov 15, 2007

    This should read:

    Actually, it's exactly the opposite. NUMBERS don't make a group of people right, or else those 67% of Americans who thought it was a good idea "TO GO INTO IRAQ" would have been proven right, instead of the 30% of us who, from the beginning, said that it was a mistake.

  • strategic Nov 15, 2007

    As for the polls.

    According to the Pew Research Center, ONLY 28% OF AMERICANS can name John Edwards as a current candidate for President BASED ON THE MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE CAMPAIGN.

    On the other hand, 78% OF AMERICANS can do the same for Hillary Clinton based on the MEDIA COVERAGE of the campaign.

    Think that has anything to do with the poll numbers?

    Intelligent people know that it does.

  • strategic Nov 15, 2007

    "And framecop- could it be that instead of us on here, which seem to be the majority of posters, being stupid and you being smart, maybe we're the smart ones."

    Actually, it's exactly the opposite. NUMBERS don't make a group of people right, or else those 67% of Americans who thought it was a good idea would have been proven right, instead of the 30% of us who, from the beginning, said that it was a mistake.

    It's like Tommy Lee Jones said on Men In Black, "A PERSON IS SMART. People are dumb and panicky." Or maybe like Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf, (which is what Karl Rove based his playbook on), when he talked about how if you want to reach MORE PEOPLE, you have to dumb down the message, because groups of people are always stupider than a single person.

    It's pretty simple. A group of people is wrong most of the time, they just think they aren't because they have back-up.

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