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53% Say Candidates Should Name Cabinet Before Election

John Kerry the next secretary of State? Republican Senator Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon? Al Gore as Energy secretary? These names and others are in the air as media speculation runs wild on the bipartisan “star” Cabinet Barack Obama has in mind if elected president. But some of these names might cost Obama votes in the key states he needs on Election Day, so Cabinet announcements will come after the votes are cast.

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This national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports October 20, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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