by Mark Silva
Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York has not only solidified a lead among all Democrats surveyed about the 2008 presidential contest, but also claimed the majority among most of the party’s major constituencies.
In four Gallup Polls since August and September, Clinton has led Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois by an average of 22 points – 47 percent to 25 percent. Former Sen. John Edwards has held third place in these polls, with about half of Obama's level of support, while no other candidate is favored by more than 3 percent of the Democrats.
But Clinton also holds “a commanding lead among nearly every major subgroup of potential Democratic primary voters,’’ Gallup reports.
“Clinton is most widely favored among women, whites, senior citizens, core Democrats, the non-college educated, those living in low- and middle-income households, self-described conservatives, and residents of the East and West,’’ Gallup notes.
However, “she also leads Obama by smaller but still double-digit margins among most of the natural counterparts to these groups, including men, blacks, young adults, independents, college graduates, self-described moderates and liberals, and residents of the South and Midwest.
Upper-income Democrats represent one of Clinton's “few weak links,’’ Gallup reports. Among those living in households with an annual income of $75,000 or more, she leads Obama by only seven points. “This may help explain Obama's competitiveness with Clinton in fundraising -- even though he has not been competitive with her in national Democratic nomination preference polls,’’ Gallup’s Lydia Saad writes.
For more, see the poll.