NBC/WSJ Poll: Clinton Leads Giuliani in Presidential Race

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
J. Scott Applewhite
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton now leads top Republican Rudy Giuliani in a potential general election matchup for 2008, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

Clinton got 48% of the vote to 43% for Giuliani, the former New York City mayor. In March, Giuliani led Clinton by 47% to 42% in the poll.

Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois holds an even larger lead over the new Republican candidate, former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee. Obama draws 50% of the vote, while Thompson receives 31%.

Meanwhile, 62% of Americans believe learning English is the single most important step immigrants can take to integrate into American society, the poll found.

Forty-five percent said immigration is a “very good thing” or “somewhat good thing” while 19% said it was “somewhat” or “very bad.”

Surprisingly, 33% said it was neither good nor bad. The question did not distinguish between legal and illegal immigration.

The telephone poll of 1,008 adults was conducted June 8-11 by Democratic pollster Peter Hart and Republican pollster Neil Newhouse. The margin for error is 3.1 percentage points.

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