Voters prefer Edwards among Democratic candidates against all Republicans
A CNN/Opinion Research poll released today shows that registered voters would be more likely to vote for John Edwards over any of the Republican candidates. In specific matchups between each top Democratic candidate and each Republican candidate, Edwards emerged as voter's clear choice over both Obama and Clinton.
The question asked voters was:
"If (specific Dem candidate) were the Democratic Party's candidate and (specific Rep. candidate) were the Republican Party's candidate, who would you be more likely to vote for -- (specific Dem candidate), the Democrat, or (specific Rep. candidate), the Republican?
(IF UNSURE:) As of today, who do you lean more toward?"
Edwards 53% .... Giuliani 44% .... Margin 9
Obama 52% .... Giuliani 45% .... Margin 7
Clinton 51% .... Giuliani 45% .... Margin 6
Edwards 59%.... Romney 37%.... Margin 22
Obama 54% .... Romney 41% .... Margin 13
Clinton 54% .... Romney 43% .... Margin 11
Edwards 52%.... McCain 44%.... Margin 8
Obama 48%.... McCain 48%.... Margin 0
Clinton 48% .... McCain 50%.... Margin -2
Edwards 60%.... Huckabee 35%.... Margin 25
Obama 55% .... Huckabee 40%.... Margin 15
Clinton 54%.... Huckabee 44%.... Margin 10
It's also of note that the ONLY matchup where a Republican is preferred over a Dem candidate is John McCain over Hillary Clinton (though it's within the margin of error of +/- 3pts,) McCain also does best overall against Democratic challengers.
So why is Edwards not getting the blanket coverage that Clinton and Obama receive? Does the unwritten rule of the press that they only discuss the top two candidates of either party at any particular time serve the public?
Given the results of this poll, why is Edwards not polling better in New Hampshire and Iowa (where he's within striking distance)?
To what extent does his struggle to compete in campaign cash and publicity reflect the machine nature of Democratic politics? To what extent does it reflect the all-pervasive influence of campaign money? To what extent does it reflect the media's seeming inability to focus on anyone beyond the current top two candidates from either side, whomever they may be at the moment?
Why the disparity between press attention and campaign cash and the results of this poll?