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No Nobel Bounce For Gore, Poll Shows

Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize hasn't translated into an increase in support for a presidential bid, a poll found Tuesday.

Asked if they would like to see the former vice president run for president in 2008, people said no by a 54 percent to 41 percent margin, according to a Gallup Poll. That was about the same as last March, when people opposed his running 57 percent to 38 percent.

Even among Democrats there was no visible surge of interest in Gore. In the new survey, 48 percent said they would like him to run and 43 percent said they would not. Last March, Democrats were in favor of him entering the race 54 percent to 41 percent - statistically the same as the new poll.

Gore, who won the prize last Friday for his work raising awareness of global warming, has not said he is a candidate for the White House but has never definitively ruled it out - including for a race in the future.

When Democrats were asked their preference for their party's presidential nomination for next year, Gore was chosen by 14 percent - far behind Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and just behind Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. That was about the same support he received in a Gallup Poll in early October.

The poll was conducted Oct. 12-14 and involved telephone interviews with 1,009 adults. The overall margin of sampling error was plus or minus three percentage points.

The question on Gore running for president was asked of 502 adults and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points. That included 183 Democrats, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus eight percentage points.