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Zogby: Al Gore Leads ‘Blind’ Poll

Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 07:28 PM

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A Zogby International “blind bio” telephone poll shows that former Vice President Al Gore is favored over the current Democratic front-runners by likely Democratic Party voters nationwide — particularly among liberal Democrats.

In a blind bio poll, the names of the candidates are not used; the names are replaced with a brief description of each candidate’s biographies.

When Democratic likely voters were given brief biographical descriptions of the top three Democratic candidates — New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards — along with the biography of Gore, the former Vice President won 35% support, while Clinton won 24%, Obama won 22% and Edwards trailed with 10% support. Gore’s bio was the top choice of both men (39%) and women (31%), and also most favored by younger voters.

Self-described liberal Democrats strongly favored Gore’s bio (43%) over Clinton (21%), Edwards (17%) and Obama (12%).

The bio selections of moderate Democrats closely mirrors the choices of likely Democratic voters overall, with 36% giving the greatest preference to Gore’s bio.

The telephone survey commissioned by AlGore.org was conducted October 24-27, 2007, included 527 likely Democratic voters nationwide, and carries a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points.

A separate Zogby Interactive survey also conducted last week shows Gore’s overwhelming favorability among Democrats — 92% gave Gore a positive rating, with 67% saying they held a very favorable view of the former Vice President. This nationwide poll of adults finds the vast majority of progressives (97%) and liberals (98%) view Gore favorably, with more than two in three moderates (67%) holding a positive opinion of Gore.

This latest telephone survey shows 35% of likely Democratic voters are “very satisfied” with the current field of declared Democratic Party candidates regarding their position on the Iraq war and plan to vote for one of the current candidates. But three in five (60%) would at least consider voting for someone new based on this issue, with 7% who are somewhat dissatisfied and would prefer a new candidate and 12% who said they are very dissatisfied and are strongly hoping for a new candidate.

Nearly two in three (65%) said they would support a presidential candidate who has always opposed the war in Iraq and 68% would support a candidate who initially supported the Iraq war but now opposes it. The vast majority (89%) want U.S. troops to be brought back from Iraq as soon as possible.

When asked about the current field of candidates and their position on global climate change, 29% said they are very satisfied and plan to vote for one of the current candidates, but 65% said they would be open to supporting a new candidate based on this issue.

Nearly half (47%) said they are somewhat satisfied with the current field’s position on global climate change, but would consider supporting someone new, while 9% are somewhat dissatisfied and would prefer a new candidate — 8% are very dissatisfied with the current candidates’ stances on global climate change and are strongly hoping for a new candidate. Eighty-four percent believe global warming should be a top priority of the next administration.

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