By: E&P Staff
A plurality of Canadian hope Barack Obama becomes the next U.S. president, while overwhelmingly rejecting John McCain, a poll by The Canadian Press and Harris/Decima finds.
The CP poll, released Wednesday, found 39% of surveyed Canadians prefer Obama, followed by 30% who hope Hillary Clinton becomes the next president. John McCain trails badly, preferred by 8%.
CP said the finding “represents a major swing in preference away from Senator Clinton in the last three months.” A similar poll in early January found Clinton had an 11-point edge over Obama. A mid-February poll found Obama behind by just 3 points.
Obama now leads Clinton in all age groups, but he crushes her among those under 25 by a 54% to 27% margin.
Men heavily favor Obama, with 44% preferring the Illinois senator to 25% for Clinton, and 13% for McCain.
But Obama also has a slight lead among women, with the poll finding 34% prefer him, compared to 33% for Clinton and 4% for McCain.
Whoever they support, the plurality of Canadians believe Obama will be the next president. Asked who they thought would win the election, 44% said Obama, 19% said McCain — and just 17% foresaw a second President Clinton.
The telephone survey of 1,000 Canadians was conducted between April 3 and April 6, and has a margin of error of 3.1%.