In another contrast, while being "the most inspiring" candidate is a weaker attribute for Clinton, it's Giuliani's single best. And having the best experience, Clinton's best issue, is Giuliani's worst -- the only one on which he trails McCain.
Of course there are other attributes to consider; separate results from this poll show a substantial risk to McCain from voter compunctions about his age (he turns 72 next year); as well as challenges for Romney over his Mormon religion; Giuliani over his two divorces; and Obama, who's trying to quit smoking. (See separate analysis at http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=2906639&page=1.)
Among support groups, Giuliani's backing for the nomination is higher among women than among men -- 50 percent vs. 39 percent. Clinton, as well, continues to do better with women than with men in her party, though she -- like Giuliani -- leads among both groups.
There may be more fluidity in the Republican race. A minority of Giuliani's supporters, 38 percent, support him strongly, as do 31 percent of McCain's; that soft support may provide less of a shock absorber on the campaign trail. Clinton's support among Democrats, by contrast, is 56 percent strong; Obama's, 60 percent.
METHODOLOGY -- This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone, Feb. 22-25, 2007, among a random national sample of 1,082 adults, including an oversample of black respondents. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.
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