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Is Osama for Obama?

5:51 PM, Feb 21, 2008 • By JAIME SNEIDER
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A new Fox News Poll asked Americans . . .

Who does Usama bin Laden want to be the next president? More people think the terrorist leader wants Obama to win (30 percent) than think he wants Clinton (22 percent) or McCain (10 percent). Another 18 percent says it doesn't matter to bin Laden and 20 percent are unsure.

It's interesting to note that Fox uses the Romanization of Osama Bin Laden. This spelling is consistent with their earlier polls and would seem less likely to be confused with Obama. One wonders whether Obama's ascendancy will lead media outlets to change style in favor of Usama. Not only would this make Obama's campaign happy, it would comport with Osama's wishes as well.

The poll does show Obama with a slight edge over McCain in a head to head matchup, but there is some good news here for the presumptive Republican nominee. Though conventional wisdom dictates John McCain is far less popular among Republicans than Obama is among Democrats, their favorables are actually pretty similar. Seventy-three percent of Democrats hold a favorable opinion of Obama just as 73 percent of Republicans hold a favorable opinion of McCain. Likewise, they have 17 and 19 percent unfavorable ratings within their own parties. Obama and McCain are also similarly matched among members of the opposite party and independents.