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McCain runs strong despite low Bush ratings: poll PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 May 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain remains a strong candidate despite a gloomy national mood and record low ratings for President George W. Bush, according to a Washington Post-ABC New poll released on Monday.

Weighed down by the unpopular Iraq war and a faltering economy, Bush's job performance rating slipped to a career low 31 percent, the poll found.

Eighty-two percent of Americans now say the United States is seriously on the wrong track, up 10 points in the last year, with a third of respondents citing the economy and jobs as their top voting issue.

Overall, Democrats have a 21-point advantage over Republicans as the party best-equipped to handle the nation's problems, the poll found.

Despite the numbers, McCain continues to elude some of the anger aimed at his party and at Bush, according to The Washington Post.

Campaigning against McCain, Democrats claim he offers a third Bush term.

In a general election matchup, McCain trails Democratic front-runner Barack Obama by 7 points, 44 percent to 51 percent. In a head-to-head competition with U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, McCain runs almost even with the New York Democrat, 46 percent to 49 percent.

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