(CNSNews.com) - A series of recent polls show Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), who just last month won re-election by a landslide, trailing against likely Republican challengers for the presidency in 2008.
A Fox News poll of registered voters shows Clinton losing a hypothetical race against Republican Sen. John McCain 48-40, and against former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Clinton trails by a nine-point margin.
An earlier Marist University/WNBC-TV poll showed McCain and Giuliani both defeating Clinton by six points in head-to-head match-ups. That same poll also showed a hypothetical challenge from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would be closer than many would expect.
Another recent poll, by Gallup, may hold an ominous warning for Clinton and other Democrats.
When asked "whether you personally would, or would not like to see this person run for president in the next election," 55 percent of respondents said they would not like to see Clinton atop the Democratic ticket. Former Vice President Al Gore got the thumbs down by an even larger margin - 67 percent - while 74 percent rejected another run by Sen. John Kerry, who lost the 2004 election to President Bush.
Only Donald Trump and the Rev. Al Sharpton were more off-putting for the respondents.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) did not feature in the Gallup poll.
While Clinton may not be looking strong in polls against potential GOP rivals, recent polls here show her well ahead of her nearest Democratic rival, Obama, and crushing both Gore and Kerry.
"Hillary Clinton may be a popular figure in New York, but that doesn't mean her popularity transcends nationwide," Mike Long, chairman of the New York State Conservative Party told Cybercast News Service. "She is a very polarizing figure. She gets people's attention. But she also carries a lot of negatives."
Long speculated that during a time of war, Americans may be looking toward a person they believe would be a strong leader.
"We are still at war against terrorism, and we are at war in Iraq. We are also very early in the election process. I think Americans perceive both John McCain and Rudy Giuliani as strong figures and would be strong national leaders. I don't believe people perceive Hillary Clinton in that same category," he said.
It was also important to consider how candidates would fare with voters outside their own political party, Long said.
In Democrat-dominated New York City, Giuliani won two mayoral elections based upon his ability to reach across the political aisle. McCain has also shown the same ability.
"Hillary Clinton is a liberal. She may have some stances that may be perceived as conservative, but that doesn't fool anyone. She is a very polarizing figure," Long said.
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