Poll: McCain-Hillary Would Be 2008 Nail-Biter

If Hillary Clinton squares off against John McCain for president in 2008, the race could very well come down to the wire, a new poll reveals.

In the latest FOX News national poll of registered voters, Republican Sen. McCain beats Democratic Sen. Clinton by a margin of 4 percentage points � 46 percent to 42 percent, with the rest unsure.

Given the poll�s 3-point margin of error, that means the race could go either way.

"The nation has witnessed two very close elections in a row, and right now it looks like a third may be shaping up,� said John Gorman, chairman of Opinion Dynamics Corp., which conducted the poll.


"Of course, the last two times the Democrats took the office, the winner was an obscure Southern governor who wasn�t even on the radar screen at this point in the election cycle. So speculation is fun at this point but hardly predictive.�

If the choice is between Clinton and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Republican wins by a wider margin, 49 percent to 40 percent, the poll disclosed.
Clinton does beat one potential Republican challenger, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. If the election were held today, Clinton would top President Bush�s brother 51 percent to 35 percent.

Only about one in five (22 percent) think the governor would make a good choice for president and 57 percent disagree. The poll also found that Giuliani would top Al Gore by a margin of 50 percent to 37 percent, and McCain would best Gore 48 percent to 36 percent.

Other poll results include:

Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents said they have a favorable opinion of Giuliani and 15 percent unfavorable, giving him a 49-point net positive rating.

McCain has a 24-point positive rating � 49 percent favorable, 25 percent unfavorable.

Clinton has an 8-point positive rating - 50 percent favorable, 42 percent unfavorable.

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