The next presidential election is still nearly two years away, but most of the readers taking part in the Triad Business Journal's weekly online poll already have some strong opinions about which way they'd cast their ballot if the election was today.
The poll, which ran from Jan. 31-Feb. 6, offered up six choices for the question: Which of these potential nominees would be most likely to get your vote if the presidential election was held today? There were three Republicans and an equal number of Democrats on the "ballot."
Of the 509 responses, 24 percent said they'd be most likely to vote for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Another 21 percent said they'd pick Arizona Sen. John McCain, 11 percent went for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, 10 percent said they'd vote for former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and another 10 percent said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, while only 4 percent said they'd pick Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.
Another 13 percent checked the answer "none, I'll wait for a better candidate," while 4 percent chose "other." Of those selecting other, former Vice President Al Gore, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich all got votes.