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US presidential poll: Obama fast catching up with Hillary

Obama trails Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton by a relatively narrow 47 per cent.

world Updated: Mar 08, 2007 12:37 IST

Former first lady Senator Hillary Clinton might still be the Democratic favourite for the 2008 US Presidential elections, but Illinois lawmaker Barrack Obama is fast catching up with her, according to a new poll.

Obama trails Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton by a relatively narrow 47 per cent to 39 per cent in a match between two candidates who could make history -- Clinton could become America's first woman president; Obama could become the first African-American president, the latest poll by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News said.

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani is ahead of Senator John McCain by a wide margin.

Cutting across the ideological lines in the Grand Old Party, Giuliani leads Arizona Senator McCain by 55 per cent to 34 per cent in a head to head match of the two top Republican candidates.

Aside from the political fortunes of the so-called front runners the poll has also thrown light on the mood of the American people as it relates to, for instance, on the war on terror and the Iraq war with the overall perceptions not quite a cheer for the White House.

The survey is showing just 20 per cent of respondents characterise themselves as "more confident" the war will conclude successfully, while 69 per cent say "less confident".