Hillary-Barack division will help Republican McCain: Gallup

March 27th, 2008 - 5:10 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Mar 27 (ANI): The continuing and sometimes fractious Democratic nomination fight could have a negative impact for the Democratic Party in the next presidential election.

Twenty-eight per cent of Hillary Clinton supporters say that they would vote for Republican John McCain, while 19 per cent of Barack Obama supporters would bolt over to the Arizona Republican if their preferred candidate was not the nominee, according to a Gallup poll.

These conclusions are based on an analysis of Democratic voters’ responses to separate voting questions in the March 7-22 Gallup Poll Daily election tracking.

As would be expected, almost all Democratic voters who say they support Obama for their party’s nomination also, say they would vote for him in a general election matchup against McCain.

But only 59 per cent of Democratic voters who support Clinton say they would vote for Obama against McCain, while 28 per cent say they would vote for the Republican McCain.

This suggests that some Clinton supporters are so strongly opposed to Obama (or so loyal to Clinton) that they would go so far as to vote for the “other” party’s candidate next November if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

The results follow the same pattern, but not to quite the same extent, when the relationship between Democratic support and a general election matchup between Clinton and McCain is examined.

It is unknown how many Democrats would actually carry through and vote for a Republican next fall if their preferred candidate does not become the Democratic nominee.

The Democratic campaign is in the heat of battle at the moment, but by November, there will have been several months of attempts to build party unity around the eventual nominee — and a focus on reasons why the Republican nominee needs to be defeated. (ANI)

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