NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey:
Obama vs McCain: Barack 44%, John 42%
McCain vs. Clinton: John 46%, Hillary 44%
Clinton’s negatives reach new high
(CNN) – The increasingly charged Democratic race for the appears to be hurting significantly more than , a just-released poll suggests.
According to a new Journal/NBC News poll, the New York senator’s personal approval rating has dropped markedly, and those that hold a negative view of her have reached 48 percent – the highest in that poll since March 2001. Just 37 percent now have a positive view of Clinton – down from 45 percent two weeks ago.
The new poll comes at the end of one of the most hostile months in the Democratic presidential primary race, during which surrogates for both campaigns resigned after uttering controversial statements, and controversy swirled around Obama over past statements by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
But despite fears by some of Obama’s backers that the Wright controversy would take a toll on the Illinois senator and his presidential hopes, the new poll shows his approval rating has remained virtually unchanged at 49 percent. Only 32 percent of Americans give him a negative approval rating.
Meanwhile, in head-to-head matchups Clinton and Obama remain deadlocked for the nomination, each drawing 45 percent among Democratic voters. Both are also statistically tied with in matchups: Clinton is two points behind the Arizona senator while Obama is two points ahead – both within the poll’s margin of error of 4 percentage points. (CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney)