Former Republican Sen. Fred Thompson would be a tough opponent for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in a presidental election, a new poll shows.
According to the first Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey involving Thompson, the actor turned politician turned actor is neck and neck with Clinton, leading her by a margin of 44 percent to 43 percent.
Thompson, who has not yet officially announced his candidacy, doesn't fare as well against Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. In the poll, Obama leads Thompson 49 percent to 37 percent.
Other results of the poll show:
41 percent of voters have no opinion on Thompson.
36 percent have a favorable opinion of Thompson.
23 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Thompson.
Obama's favorability rating is 54 percent.
Obama's unfavorability rating is 36 percent.
Clinton's favorability rating is 50 percent.
Clinton's unfavorability rating is 48 percent. In a different Rasmussen Reports poll:
46 percent of voters said they would definitely vote against Clinton.
37 percent said they would definitely vote against Obama.
50 percent said they would definitely vote against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points.