Thursday, February 23, 2006

Bring on 2008

I have, for the most part, stayed away from 2008, but I can feel that excitement creeping up inside with my recent Cheney and Gore posting. So, dependable reader, I point you in the direction of this recent Marist poll. (Usual caveat with any poll 2+ years out: it is mostly name recognition.)

That said, there are a few fascinating points:

-Only 51% of voters don't want Hillary to run. (By comparison, 45% don't want Giuliani to run, 56% want Condi Rice to stay out and 62% don't want see Kerry on the ballot again.)

- 33% of Democrats favor HRC, 17% Gore and 16% John Edwards. Flavor of the month Mark Warner is at 2%.

-There is a three way tie at 22% between McCain, Condi and Giuliani. GOP flavors of the month Mitt Romney and George Allen are at 4% and 2%, respectively.

- But the big surprise (and shock in some GOP camps) is that HRC lead Condi in a hypothetical match up (49-44%) and trails Giuliani by only 1 (47-48%). Only McCain has a comfortable lead over HRC(42-52%).

- Of the top 4 Democrats (HRC, Kerry, Gore and Edwards), only Edwards holds McCain under 50% (41-47%).

Remember folks, only 986 days until Election Day 2008. Don't wait for the rush!