With under two years to go before the next major election, a new survey shows President Bush holding double-digit leads over five Democratic contenders for his job.



President George W. Bush

Pollster Scott Rasmussen says when stacked in ballot tests against Sens. Tom Daschle, John Kerry, Joe Lieberman and John Edwards, as well as Vermont Governor Howard Dean, Bush was consistently preferred by about 45 percent of voters.

The Democrats were each able to collect about 30 percent in match-up scenarios. Lieberman of Connecticut had the highest support at 32 percent, with Dean taking the least, with 27 percent.

Regardless of which Democrat got the nomination, about ten percent of voters said they’d opt for a third-party candidate, and some 15 percent were not sure how they’d vote.

“The sheer consistency of the data confirms the common sense notion that, at this time, the public has little reaction to individual Democratic contenders,” said Rasmussen.

The survey results are from a national phone survey of 1,204 likely voters conducted Jan. 2-4 by Scott Rasmussen Public Opinion Research. The margin of error for the full sample is three percentage points, with a 95 percent level of confidence.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who has stated she would not seek the 2004 nomination, was not included in the survey.

Nonetheless, other recent polls indicate sharp differences over the level of Mrs. Clinton’s support.

A CNN/Time poll in December found that Mrs. Clinton was the top choice among Democrats to run for president, with more than double the support of Lieberman and Kerry.

But as WorldNetDaily reported, a Marist poll that same month found that two-thirds of New Hampshire voters inclined toward Democratic presidential candidates in 2004 rejected Hillary as a choice, with 68 percent saying she should not enter the race.


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