A new Rasmussen poll measures the core opposition for leading candidates. They find that Huckabee (34%), McCain (33%), and Thompson (34%) have the lowest levels of core opposition, while Romney (47%) and Clinton (47%) have the highest:
Among the leading Presidential candidates, New York Senator Hillary Clinton and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney have the highest level of core opposition among voters. Forty-seven percent (47%) say they will vote against each of these candidates no matter who else is on the ballot.What he doesn't mention in the article is that Huckabee's net comes out to -13, tied with Thompson and much better than Giuliani and Romney.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is Arizona Senator John McCain. For the second straight month, McCain finds himself with the smallest level of core opposition--just 33% say they will definitely vote against him.
In between, 42% will definitely vote against Giuliani, 38% against Edwards, 36% against Obama, 34% against Huckabee, 34% against Thompson.
On a net basis (core support minus core opposition), Obama (-7) and McCain (-11) come out on top. Giuliani (-19) and Romney (-28) have the weakest numbers on a net basis.