WASHINGTON---A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows a three-way tie in Iowa, the crucial leadoff presidential vote state. The poll changes the narrative that Iowa was leaning towards Edwards. Now the story is Iowa is a toss-up.
27 percent Barack Obama
26 percent John Edwards
26 percent Hillary Rodham Clinton
11 percent Bill Richardson
All others below 10 percent.
From Obama perspective, best news of poll—People like him, trust him. Bad news, low scores on leadership, experience.
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*Obama scores highest—30 percent-as most honest and trustworthy, compared to 24 percent for Edwards and 14 percent for Clinton.
Obama also scores best on “best understands the problems of people like you,” 27 percent to 25 percent for Edwards and 22 percent for Clinton.
*Obama, Edwards score high—33 percent-- on most likable to 14 percent for Clinton.
From Obama perspective troublesome news from the poll—inexperience.
*Obama scores worse by far on who “has the best experience to be president,” 7 percent to 15 percent for Edwards and 50 percent for Clinton.
*Obama scores low, but better than Edwards on “is the strongest leader,” coming in at 23 percent to 18 percent for Edwards and 36 percent for Clinton.
*And on the very significant question, “Is best able to handle the situation in Iraq,” Obama is at 17 percent to 16 percent for Edwards and 29 percent for Clinton.