Special Report: U.S. presidential election 2008
Republican presidential candidate John
McCain speaks at a town hall meeting in Rocky River, Ohio Feb. 25,
2008. (Xinhua/Reuters, File Photo)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Presumptive U.S.
Republican presidential nominee John McCain poses a stiff challenge to either of
his potential Democratic opponents in the general election, a new poll has
The Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg survey, which came
out Wednesday, underscores the difficulties ahead for Democrats as they hope to
retake the White House during a time of war, with voters giving McCain far
higher marks when it comes to experience, fighting terrorism and dealing with
the situation in Iraq.
Both Democratic candidates Sen. Barack Obama of
Illinois and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York have made ending the Iraq
war a centerpiece of their campaigns.
However, even though a clear majority of those polled
said the war was not worth waging, about half of registered voters said McCain
-- a Vietnam vet who has supported the Bush administration's military strategy
-- was better able to deal with Iraq.
In head-to-head contests, the poll found, McCain
leads Clinton by 6 percentage points (46 percent to 40 percent) and Obama by 2
points (44 percent to 42 percent).
McCain is viewed favorably by 61 percent of all
registered voters, including a plurality of Democrats.
In the Democratic race, the survey showed, Obama's
support has increased across all of the party's key constituencies.
Poll: Obama more likely to beat
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) campaigns at a rally in Corpus Christi, Texas
Feb. 22, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters, File Photo)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Sen. Barack Obama (D-ILL.)
has been broadening his support among Democratic voters, with especially strong
support among men, a new poll has found.
He is now viewed by most Democrats as the candidate
best able to beat Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive Republican
presidential nominee in the general election on Nov. 4, according to the New
York Times/CBS News Poll released Tuesday. Full story
McCain, Obama continue winning streaks
in overseas territories
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Both U.S. Republican
and Democratic presidential front-runners picked up more delegates from primary
elections in overseas U.S. island territories over the weekend, the CNN reported
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued his strong
run toward the Republican nomination, winning the Feb. 24 Republican caucus in
Puerto Rico by taking all 20 delegates. Full story