54 percent of people opposed to see Al Gore run for president next year, according to the poll. Practically the same situation occured last March, when people were against his candidacy by 57 percent to 38 percent.
Even among Democrats there was no visible surge of interest in Gore. In the new survey, 48 percent of them said they would like him to run and 43 percent said they would not. Last March, Democrats were in favor of his entering the race by 54 percent to 41 percent statistically the same as the new poll.
Gore, who was chosen for the prize last Friday for his work raising awareness of global warming, has not said he is a candidate for the White House but never has ruled it out for 2008 or 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 and just behind Sen. Barack Obama. 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 3 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 5 percentage points. That included 183 Democrats, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 8 percentage points.