New York Democrat Hillary Clinton is holding steady at 38% support, but Barack Obama of Illinois is gaining ground on her in the national preference test of Democratic presidential candidates, the latest Reuters/Zogby poll shows.
Democrat John Edwards of North Carolina is holding steady in a distant third place, where he has been for many months, the survey shows.
On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas is making a national move into third place, barely eclipsing Mitt Romney and John McCain. But, at the top of the list remains New York's Rudy Giuliani at 29%, followed by Tennessee's Fred Thompson at 15%.
Clinton is strongest among older Democrats, holding wide leads among Democrats over age 50, but Obama dominates among younger voters. Among college-aged Democrats aged 18-29, Obama enjoys a 60% to 20% edge over Clinton. Among those age 65 and older, Clinton leads with 48%, compared to 10% for Obama and just 11% for Edwards.
Obama and Clinton appear to have staked out territory in different wings of the party not just by age but also by ideology -- Clinton leading among liberals and moderates, where most of the Democratic votes are found, while Obama leads widely among the most liberal, or progressive, Democrats.
The telephone survey included 1,008 likely voters nationwide and was conducted Nov. 14-17, 2007. It carries a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points, with Democratic and Republican primary sub-samples. The Republican primary sub-sample included 503 likely voters and carries a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points. The Democratic sub-sample included 545 likely voters and carries a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percentage points.
Among Republicans, Huckabee has moved from 3% in September to 11%. He has also closed the gap in Iowa, other Zogby polling shows, now in second behind Romney.
Younger Republicans are big on Giuliani and Thompson, but Romney is among the favorites of older voters nationally. Giuliani, known as a social moderate, is most popular among Republicans who consider themselves moderates, while Thompson leads Huckabee among the "very conservative" voters in the GOP. Giuliani, who prior to the poll received the endorsement of evangelical leader Pat Robertson, leads among Born Again Christians, winning 29% support, compared to second-place Thompson, who wins 23%. In third place among Born Agains is Huckabee at 19%, with 16% of Born Agains undecided.
Giuliani leads among both men and women nationwide in the national GOP preference test, the Reuters/Zogby poll shows.
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