Monday, February 04, 2008

Who does better against McCain, Obama or Clinton?

One important consideration many Democrats (including commenters on this blog) want to take into account when deciding who to vote for in the primary is: who would do best against the likely Republican nominee, John McCain?

Fortunately, we do have some data on this. RealClearPolitics has been tracking head-to-head polls of Clinton vs. McCain and Obama vs. McCain. Here are their averages:

McCain vs. Clinton: McCain +1.9%
McCain vs. Obama: McCain +0.6%

So according to RCP, Obama polls slightly better against McCain than Clinton does.

This data also shows that the Democrats will have their work cut out for them taking McCain down. I think tying him to the deeply unpopular Iraq occupation is one way to go on this.


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