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Poll finds support for Clinton presidential run slipping slightly

Published: Friday April 21, 2006

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"Fewer American voters are enthused about a prospective presidential candidacy by former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 26 per cent of respondents say they would definitely vote for the Democratic New York senator in 2008, down three points since late March," Angus Reid polling finds.

Without identifying any candidate running against her, the poll finds that 41 percent would "definitely" vote against Clinton and some 26 percent say it depends on who she runs against.

Clinton, wife of former President Bill Clinton, was elected to the Senate in 2000, beating Republican Rick Lazio by 12 percentage points. She faces no serious challenger in her 2006 Senate reelection race.

"Neither of the two major political parties in the U.S. has ever nominated a woman for president," Angus Reid notes. "In 1984, New York congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro was Walter Mondale’s vice-presidential nominee in the Democratic ticket."

58 percent of those surveyed believe Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008.