FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2008:
POLL OF LIKELY RETIREE VOTERS IS GREAT NEWS FOR CLINTON,
GOOD NEWS FOR McCAIN
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Independents Favoring McCain Over Romney & Clinton
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94% Say Congress Should Stay Out of MLB Steroid Issue
Washington, DC – A national election survey of 1,700 likely retiree voters by ProtectSeniors.Org, a non-profit advocacy group, has great news for Senator Hillary Clinton, good news for Senator John McCain and bad news for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. At the same time, retirees caution Congress to pay less attention to steroids in baseball.
Of those retirees polled, just 56% have selected a presidential candidate. 43.9% of retirees surveyed identified themselves as Republican; with 31.8% Democrats; and 20.9% identified themselves as Independent voters.
Among Democrat respondents, Hillary Clinton holds an almost insurmountable lead. Senator Clinton was favored by 48.2%; more than the combined total of John Edwards 18.9%, Barrack Obama 17.7%, Dennis Kucinich 2.7% and Mike Gravel 0.6%. Among these respondents, 11.9% are looking for other options.
Among Republican respondents, John McCain holds a comfortable but not insurmountable lead, while the survey brings especially bad news to the Giuliani campaign. McCain is preferred by 36.8% of likely retiree voters. He is followed by Mitt Romney at 26.3%, Rudy Giuliani 17.4%, Mike Huckabee 7.4%, Ron Paul 4.7%, and Alan Keyes and Duncan Hunter (0.8% and 0.6%, respectively). 5.4% of these respondents indicated they were considering other options.
Among senior retirees categorizing themselves as Republicans, Giuliani trails front runner, McCain by 2 to 1 and is 9 points behind Mitt Romney. Among Independent voters the former NY Mayor comes in 6th place with 5.6%, trailing McCain and Romney on the GOP side and all three Democratic frontrunners.
Among the Independent voters, Senator McCain (22.4%) leads Mitt Romney (20.4%), Hillary Clinton (18.8%), Barrack Obama (9.0%) and John Edwards (7.3%).
“This is further evidence of Senator McCain’s amazing comeback,” said Eileen Lawrence, Secretary-Treasurer of ProtectSeniors.Org. “A few months ago Rudy Giuliani seemed destined to be the Republican nominee and Senator McCain’s campaign was on life support. Now Senator McCain is leading everyone and Mayor Giuliani is finishing sixth.”
Congress also did not fare well in internet poll conducted from January 22-24, 2008:
– 95% of respondents said they do not approve of the job done by Congress’ during the 2007 session.
– 94% said Congress has better things to do than hold hearings looking into steroid use in Major League Baseball.
– Just less than one-third of likely voters said they intend to vote for Congressional incumbents (31.9%), with 68.2% indicating that they are seriously considering new representation in the Congress.
Leading foreign policy issues were: War in Iraq (38.9%); Immigration Reform (25.2%); Homeland Security (26.7%)
The top domestic issues were the Economy (42.9%), Retiree Healthcare Benefits Protection (36.4%), Affordable & Accessible Healthcare (24.6%), Social Security & Medicare Reform (5.4%) and Energy & Environment.
ProtectSeniors.Org is a not-profit retiree association representing more than 45,000 corporate and municipal retirees from over 20 industries, including AT&T, IBM, Lucent, Merck, Nortel, Raytheon, SBC, States of California & New Jersey, TXU Energy, US West, Wachovia, Wyeth Labs and Verizon. For more information visit www.protectseniors.org
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