Obama on 21% in USA Today Poll

Barack Obama is still in a strong second place in a poll released yesterday by USA Today. The poll was conducted over the weekend, 9-11 February, just prior and immediately after his announcement in Springfield.

Hillary Clinton leads the poll on 40% with Obama on 21%. Al Gore, who has not yet declared if he will run, was third on 14% with John Edwards on 13%. However, in a choice between Clinton and Obama as the preferred nominee, Hillary leads Obama 62%-33%.

Obama also scored highly on the favorable rating, up from 40% in January to 53% in the latest poll. And he was even on the question of preferred President with John McCain, on 48% each, but was trailing Rudy Giuliani 43%-52%.

The poll has a margin of error of 3%.