Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Huckabee Versus Hillary or Obama

For a candidate without a great deal of name recognition, Mike Huckabee does pretty well against the Democratic Party's dynamic duo. Although, I think that if we did a poll about Rasmussen's arithmetic skills, I think they'd rank pretty low. At least, I hope so.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of his political strength shows Senator Hillary Clinton leading Governor Huckabee by eight points, 48% to 40%. Senator Barack Obama leads Huckabee by eleven, 47% to 38%.

In our August 19 survey of the race, the Republican man from Hope also trailed Hillary Clinton by eight percentage points. In May, he lagged by five.

The gap between Huckabee and Obama is similarly unchanged since our August poll—he lags by nine points in both polls. Huckabee trailed the Illinois Democrat by twenty points or so in two earlier surveys of this match-up.

Governor Huckabee is a more credible contender than other Republican long shots such as Ron Paul or Sam Brownback. He currently attracts 5% support in the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination, putting him in fifth place.

He is still unknown to many voters but is viewed favorably by 31%, unfavorably by 35%. His favorables have been inching upward since November, when 17% viewed him favorably and 21% viewed him unfavorably.

1 comment:

everlasticity said...

You think Mike Huckabee is more credible than Ron Paul??? I lost all respect for him when he carelessly admitted in NH that "honor" was more important than elections. Our involvement in Iraq is anything but honorable. There is no honor to be gained over more dead American bodies in a war based on false pretenses. Huckabee spoke for the majority of GOP candidates that day, and his message was clear: it doesn't matter what the voters want, we must WAR WAR WAR. Sorry, but I can't vote for any pro-war candidate, period.