Another Clinton-McCain Poll

This seems to be the gold standard of 2008 horserace polls, a pretty thoughtful take on Hillary and McCain from ABC News/Washington Post.

More than two years out, most Americans have favorable views of the two most talked about potential 2008 presidential candidates, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. But their support profiles are vastly different: Clinton, much stronger in her base; McCain, far more appealing beyond his.

Fifty-two percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll have a favorable opinion of Clinton, compared with 59 percent for McCain. McCain’s popularity is at once broader across partisan lines and less divisive in terms of intensity of sentiment. Yet the flip side is that he’s considerably weaker among Republicans than Clinton is among Democrats.

It’s conventional wisdom, but with lots of good detail. Which isn’t the worst thing.