WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican John McCain and Democrat Bill Bradley score high marks with New Hampshire voters, who also think George W. Bush and Al Gore give their respective parties the best chance for a November presidential victory, a new poll says.
Both races are too close to call with two weeks to go before the nation's first presidential primaries Feb. 1, according to an ABC-Washington Post poll released today.
Among those planning to vote in the GOP primary, McCain, an Arizona senator, had 40 percent to 36 percent for Bush. On the Democratic side, Bradley, a former senator from New Jersey, claimed the support of 48 percent to Gore's 47 percent. The differences in both races were within the poll's error margin.
The survey, of 2,223 New Hampshire adults -- including 733 likely Republican primary voters and 534 likely Democratic primary voters -- was conducted Thursday through Sunday. The error margin for the Republican and Democratic samples was plus or minus 4 percentage points.
McCain and Bradley do well when voters give their overall impressions of the candidates.
McCain fares very well with those who say they are likely to vote in the GOP primary.
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