If the Election Were About Likable People, Obama and Giuliani Would Lead Field

WASHINGTON (AP) -- While voters say Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani have the best chance of winning the White House next year, a pure popularity contest produces slightly different results.

A new AP-Yahoo poll says voters find Barack Obama to be the most likable candidate among Democrats. Among GOP candidates, Giuliani still has the advantage. And Obama gets the overall nod.

But when voters are asked what qualities are most important in a candidate, they put likability somewhere at the bottom of the list.

The poll says Republican voters are putting greater emphasis on policy while Democrats are weighing personal traits more heavily.

Whoever the candidates are, the Democratic contender would have an edge right now. Forty-two percent of voters say they'd vote for a Democratic candidate, versus 27 percent who say they'd side with the GOP.

Another 27 percent say they don't know which way they'd vote.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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