Pollster.com (yes, they're around, even in the inter-election period) has a nice bit of graphic data on the Republican and Democratic state of mind, with regard to the front runners for 2008 (more here from Polling Report).
While we tend to focus on the Dems (and Hillary-Obama), the Republican numbers are fascinating. John McCain, battered by his iraq support and befuddled by his religious right base problems, can no longer legitimately be considered the front runner. while Rudy has his issues, particularly in Republican primary-land, he is starting to run up some impressive numbers against McCain and Newt, the third place finisher in the latest polls.
Given the unhappiness of the religious right about all of these candidates, it's about time the DC press corps starts doing some straight talk about McCain's diminishing chances to be President. Besides being a panderer when it comes to issues that used to matter to him (the link is to a story about his Discovery Institute-sponsored talk, which puts him in bed with creationism), Iraq is killing his chances with thinking America. McCain is just another 'do anything to be President' candidate, and is likely to be rejected by everyone across the political spectrum because of it. The numbers don't lie.