ELON, N.C. — 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).