Gallup: ‘Don’t Know’ Takes Big Lead in 2008 Race for President

By: E&P Staff

The frontrunner for winning the White House in 2008 is a true dark horse: Don’t Know. A new Gallup survey, which offers a twist on its usual preference poll. includes “Don’t Know” as an option. It now wins with 38%, trailed by Sen. Hillary Clinton at 15% an Sen. John McCain at 11%.

Gallup Poll director Frank Newport sums it up this way today: “Many Americans cannot spontaneously think of the name of a person they would like to see elected president in 2008. While this lack of firm conviction about presidential candidates over a year before the first 2008 primaries is not necessarily unusual, it underscores the certainty of change as various politicians announce their candidacies and jockey for position in the months ahead.”

Sen. Barack Obama already is in the #3 slot, at 6%.

Five other possible candidates are picked by between 2% and 5%: former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Sen. John Edwards, Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and former Vice President Al Gore.

This “top-of-mind” survey was taken Nov. 27-29.

McCain leads Clinton among Independents by a narrow margin.

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