The wave of support for Sen. Barack Obama has reached Rochester. He topped the list of presidential candidates-both Democrats and Republicans-in this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll, edging Sen. Hillary Clinton by 5 percentage points.
Roughly 1,230 readers took part in the poll, conducted Jan. 28 and 29-a few days after the Illinois Democrat swept to victory in the South Carolina primary and right on the heels of his endorsement by Sen. Edward Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy.
The results showed a dramatic shift from early September, when the same question was put to Daily Report readers. In that poll, Clinton placed first with 27 percent, followed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 21 percent, and former Sen. Fred Thompson (who had just entered the race) at 17 percent. Obama was fourth at 9 percent, and Arizona Sen. John McCain-now the Republican frontrunner-trailed at 3 percent, two percentage points behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
On Tuesday, New Yorkers and voters in more than 20 other states will have their say-with the Democratic field reduced to Obama and Clinton, and the GOP race focused on McCain and Romney.
Only readers of the Daily Report e-mail are eligible to participate in the Snap Poll; all other responses-and any multiple responses by eligible readers-are filtered out.
If the 2008 presidential election were held today, whom among the following would you be most likely to vote for?
26% Barack Obama
21% Hillary Clinton
17% John McCain
16% Mitt Romney
8% Rudy Giuliani
5% John Edwards
3% Mike Huckabee
3% Ron Paul
What is your political affiliation?
One of the key differentiators that sets Obama apart from the others is his transparency. Along with the trust factor, Obama offers hope. Hope and trust in times such as these transcends race, age, gender, political affiliation and any other distinguishers you can conjure up.
-Sherri L. Lise, Eastman Kodak Co.
Now I’d like to see a poll asking, “If you could cast a negative vote, to cancel out someone else’s, whom would you cast that vote against?” And mine would have to be against Hillary Clinton. … (She) has given us a peek into what four years with her as president would be-Bill out of control, Hillary apologizing for Bill, Bill defending Hillary, and the rest of the world trying to figure out who is really the president.
-Diane Harris, president,
Hypotenuse Enterprises Inc.
For the Democrats out there-would you hire a CEO to run your company who has only had two years of work experience? Then why would you vote for Obama?
The Project Solvers of America Inc.
Mitt Romney is the only candidate who has operated a business. Rudy Giuliani also understands economics, but I don’t believe has national support.
-Todd Black, Black’s Hardware
I understand the appeal Barack Obama has. He has the charisma of Bill Clinton and the boyish good looks of JFK. But there is no substance or depth to him. I challenge everyone to actually listen to what he is saying and how he answers questions-he is not just inexperienced, he is not qualified.
-Jack Anthony, Rochester
This country is at an inflection point, and the force for true change will come from outside the establishment rather than from within (as best it can in the political system of today). It’s time for a true leader, in the mold of Kennedy or King, with vision and the will to see it through.
-Dave Vanable, Xerox Corp.
02/010/08 (C) Rochester Business Journal