This is just one poll, but if the findings are correct it’s a significant reason why Dems should think twice about making Hill the heir apparent.

From USA Today:

WASHINGTON — More than eight in 10 Republicans and more than half the married men in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll say they definitely wouldn’t vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

The poll provides an early snapshot of who’s ruling out Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama, the three leading candidates for the Democratic nomination.

And the following findings about Obama aren’t surprising, since independents are desperately looking for a change from the status quo of the old guard…

In a general election, the poll suggests that Clinton has the least potential for winning votes from Republicans — 84% say they definitely would not vote for her, compared with six in 10 for either Obama or Edwards. Independents show the least resistance to Obama and the most to Edwards.

However, Hillary’s pollster says she has a shot at capturing a significant block of Republican women…

Pollster Mark Penn, a top Clinton strategist, says Clinton’s strength against GOP hopefuls is growing. “With candidates who are lesser known, typically we see the opposite pattern happen,” he says, citing 2004 nominee John Kerry as an example. Penn also says her appeal to Republican women is rising, and nearly a quarter of them could defect to her in a general election.

I guess we’ll see, but beating the “Republican women will make up the difference” drum doesn’t seem like a very viable campaign strategy. You have to lean on hope and ideas, not gender, and Hillary’s campaign is shaping up to be almost entirely about that.

Seriously, where are the big ideas? I haven’t seen any from Hillary yet, and she definitely poached her health care proposal from the Edwards campaign. Somebody please tell me what makes her a compelling leader because I’m at a loss.

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