Pew poll shows Clinton gaining nationally

May 1, 2008 5:25:26 PM PDT
The presidential race for Democrats nationally THE NUMBERS: Pew Research Center

Barack Obama: 47 percent

Hillary Rodham Clinton: 45 percent

DETAILS: Obama had a 10-percentage point lead over Clinton in March. His image among Democrats is not as strong as it was, though he's still viewed more favorably than his rival for several attributes, including being more inspiring, honest and down-to-earth. Clinton is also seen less positively now, yet she has improved her standing among working-class whites and white voters under age 50. An increased number of Democrats - about half - now think the lengthy Democratic race will hurt the party. Yet a Clinton race against Republican candidate John McCain and an Obama matchup with McCain are both viewed as being close. That represents little change in a Clinton-McCain race but a drop in the 12-point advantage Obama had over McCain in March.

RESEARCH: The poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center was conducted April 23-27 and involved telephone interviews with 1,502 adults.

The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Included were interviews with 651 Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters, for whom the margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.