A Softening for Giuliani As the '08 Race Progresses

Indeed views on the war, and on George W. Bush, pose an interesting tightrope for Republican candidates. Despite his unpopularity more broadly, two-thirds of leaned Republicans (65 percent) nonetheless say Bush is leading his party in the right direction. And nearly four in 10 say they're more likely to favor a presidential candidate who supports Bush's policies in Iraq.

On the other hand, independents -- the key swing voters in presidential politics -- are by a 3-1 margin more likely to oppose than support a candidate who backs Bush on Iraq. The trick for Republican candidates, then, is to steer close enough to Bush to please the party -- but not so close as to ill-position themselves for the general election.

Methodology

This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone May 29-June 1, 2007, among a random national sample of 1,205 adults, including an oversample of African-Americans for a total of 284 black respondents. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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