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Hillary-Hate Meter Likely to Rise

Reported by Judy - December 8, 2006 -

Fox News is likely to ratchet up its Hillary-Hate-ometer in the next few weeks, based on the results of the latest Opinion Dynamics Poll.

The poll, available on Fox News.com, finds Sen. Hillary Clinton polling better than other Democrats in hypothetical 2008 presidential primary and general election contest matchups.

According to Fox News.com:

"Among Democrats, 33 percent say they would back Clinton if their party’s primary were held today, putting her well ahead of the other hopefuls, including Obama at 12 percent and former Vice President Al Gore at 11 percent. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards receives the support of 8 percent and Mass. Sen. John Kerry 6 percent. All others receive 2 percent or less."

Clinton's lead must be a disappointment to Fox News, after all the time it has spent speculating on how Obama's potential candidacy might affect her.

In head-to-head matchups, Fox News.com says that "(Former New York Mayor Rudy) Giuliani has a 9-point and (Arizona Sen. John) McCain an 8-point edge over Clinton. These results are essentially unchanged from previous polling.

"When the Democratic candidate is Obama, the Republican advantage increases. Giuliani bests Obama by 11 points and McCain tops him by 19 points."

The poll also found that 44 percent of voters think Obama "lacks the experience to be president."

And the poll also showed that despite Fox News' constant chatter about how liberal Clinton is, the news channel has some work to do in that department.. Some 42 percent of voters think her positions on the issues are "about right," not far off from the 47 percent who think the same about Giuliani's positions. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percent, plus or minus. That means Clinton's figure could be as high as 45 percent and Giuliani's as low as 44 percent.

Translation: Expect to see a lot more of Dick "Toe-Sucker" Morris on Fox News.