Politico Straw Poll ResultsJun 20, 2007 at 01:44 PM by Isaiah Poole
Former Sen. John Edwards came in a close second. New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton came in third.
What the poll established is that Obama, Edwards and Clinton form a clear first tier of presidential candidates among progressives, pollster Stan Greenberg said. But unlike many national polls that show Clinton in the lead, people polled at the Take Back America conference showed a strong and interchangeable preference for Obama and Edwards.
The poll allowed participants to make a first and a second choice for who they would vote. Obama was the first choice of 29 percent of the poll participants; 26 percent chose Edwards. As a second choice, Obama won the support of 30 percent of the poll participants, and Edwards won 28 percent.
The poll is obviously good news for Obama, who appeared at Take Back America conferences for two years in a row and gave rousing, well-received speeches both times. Obama polled particularly well among young adults, 40 percent of whom made him their first choice.
It is just as obviously not so good news for Clinton, who also appeared at the conference for the second consecutive year and saw her speeches both times overshadowed by catcalls from antiwar protesters.
Not only were people who were most concerned about Iraq less inclined to support Clinton than they were Obama or Edwards, but she did particularly poorly among men; only 12 percent supported her over the other candidates.
The war in Iraq was either the first or second most important issue of 50 percent of the 727 people who took the poll, followed by health care, energy and global warming, and the economy and jobs.
Politico.com is the website of The Politico, a new newspaper that covers inside-the-Beltway politics. John Harris, the editor of the publication, said that the poll and the Take Back America conference heralded a sea change in liberal politics from when he began covering politics two decades ago, when Democrats and progressives were politically battered and adrift.
Now, he said, â€œsome of the most interesting conversations are taking place in the Democatic party and in this particular wing of the Democratic party.â€
lets be honest. The Democratic party is no different than the republican. We do not actually get a choice here. All of these candidates have assured the status quo that they will not rock their boat or they would never get the nomination.
Rham Emauel, an Israeli Zionist, is the democrat who will choose party nominees. Enough said.
Remember when the democratic moneybags said they were against the war and then gave Gore the boot and forced John the Zionist warmonger Kerry off on us.
Who are the people behind this website? Northeastern moneybags. Enough said.
We need to take our party back all right.
Democrats are supposed to be the party of the people, you know, like in "We, the People," better future, new ideas, new approaches to old business, etc. etc. We just are not acting like that party.
The current field of "8" well-known candidates limits the choices - certainly does not present any differences (slight, but not enough to raise emotions this early, and since are current or former incumbents, we apt to hear and see the same old stale, failed status quo.
Elections have to be more focused than this one is right now...maybe it will later, after they raise millions more to create more mud?
I'm disappointed at my party - and that's why I want to leap into this race - sadly, I can't get any traction or attention [for the reasons I list above with the Name, Fame and Fortune crowd].
But, I will plug away hoping for a break. I invite everyone to check my homepage and issues at my site.
If you think I'm worthy, sign on and bring along a friend.
As Yogi Berra once said and everyone likes to quote him:
"It ain't over till it's over."
Regards to all.
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