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Gallup Daily: Obama Hits 50% for First Time

Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, finds Barack Obama leading the race for president with his highest share of support to date. Fully half of national registered voters now favor Obama for president, while 42% back John McCain.
Prior to now, no more than 49% of registered voters supported Obama for president in Gallup Poll Daily tracking. Still, Obama's eight percentage point lead over McCain in the new poll falls one point shy of the lead he attained in late July after returning from a well-publicized trip to Europe and parts of the Middle East. At that time, Obama led by nine points, 49% to 40%.

McCain's 42% support is well below his 48% top support level, recorded in late April/early May. It is just slightly better than the 40% he received at several points in July, and the 41% favoring him just last week while the Democratic National Convention was underway. (To view the complete trend since March 7, 2008, click here.)

McCain attempted to stop the post-Democratic Convention "Obama bounce" with a poorly-conceived surprise announcement of his VP pick which has created a firestorm of investigation into who Palin is, what she knows and doesn't know, and just how well did the GOP vet this surprise pick?

Not to mention that fact that John McCain, in effect, threw the "Obama isn't qualified" argument out the window.

The Gallup Daily Tracking results highlighted above are for a three day tracking August 30, August 31, and September 1, with each of those three days of polling receiving equal weighting. It'll be another two days before we see the full effect of the three-day weekend's events reflected the Gallup Daily results.

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And with the evils of science we will spill every last red, white and blue drop of american blood into the streets and gutters of americas homeland, and the destiny of america will become complete, and our Barack Obama will rise to fell and destroy america with one final blow and all of america shall be dead. AMERICA DIES IN 2008! THE RISE OF OBAMA BEGINS NOW!


Lee Ward:

they're melting down... perhaps the puddle of goo left after Has implodes can be put to use as an alternate energy source - at least the trolls can burn it to keep warm....

My best guess is that the "trailer park" family values of the Palin family, coupled with McCain making this poor choice are ruining his chances and many voters now do view McCain as ready to lead compared to the far superior Obama-Biden team. It's funny how it took the poor choice of Palin to really set the wheels falling off the McCain Campaign.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

If you needed proof of what a poor executive John McCain is -- we got that proof with his pick of Sarah Palin. It was stupid from the start, and it's just gotten more and more stoopider as time goes on.

But hey -- we need more Fucking Rednecks in the White House with their 17 year old preggers.

The teenager expecting a baby with the 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin calls himself 'a fucking redneck' on his MySpace page.

He is the high-school sweetheart of the Alaska governor's daughter and used his home page to admit having a girlfriend, but said: 'I don't want kids.'

On the page he also says: 'But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some shit and just chillin' I guess'

He added: 'Ya fuck with me I'll kick [your] ass'

Johnston has also been in trouble with the law, for taking king salmon from a lake out of season.

And here we thought the White House IQ had reached new lows with George Bush...


OK, let me get this straight. Your proof that John McCain is poor executive material is because of some not unusual teenage bravado written by a 17 year old on his MySpace page? In addition to taking king salmon from a lake out of season? Wow, you are one bizarre dude. Also, I assume you are an adult so shouldn't you have moved beyond any interest in linking MySpace postings for political analysis anyway, unless......

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I said the pick of Palin (and the way he rolled out the pick) was a sign that McCain is a jerk as an executive. Feel free to read twice before commenting next time, DaveD.


Lee, you referred to the MySpace page in your post, sorry but it was either relevant and if not then it was not even worth including. I mean MySpace, Lee, I would not have expected that even from you.

I don't know where else to put this but I lifted this from ReasonOnline. Matt Walsh interviewed Bill Scannell about Sarah Palin and he said:

"She gave a two-finger salute to Conoco Phllips and Exxon Mobile, raised their taxes on their oil, put in place a transparent way to bid for the seed money and the licenses to finally, finally, put in a natural gas pipeline in Alaska. And it was won by a Canadian company. And she went to the mat and made it happen. She has been systematically pulling the drilling licenses of Conoco Phillips and Exxon Mobile for areas that they haven't touched. I mean, they've been hoarding reserves, and she says, you know, use it or lose it, and she has been sending the attorney general time after time to revoke these things. It's absolutely fascinating."

The reason I put this to you is due to your discussion several weeks ago of Big Oil hoarding leases. In my attempt to have you say something, anything nice about this woman, can I break you with this?


Hey Lee. Amazing, ain't it? Palin actually believes that part of Pelosi's energy plan has merit; use it or lose it. Then she came up with a plan (or supported one that someone else dreamed up) that I didn't understand at first but do now that basically encourages Oil Companies to produce more and keep prices down.

Imagine what the world, or at least the US, would be like if people would actually learn to compromise and see merit in each other's ideas instead of treating the other guys like the devil incarnate. In reality, McCain and Palin might just turn out the be the best hope we have for some sanity in government, like Clinton and Newt were back in the days of intense prosperity and growth. Too bad the two of them let their egos out of the cage.

And Paul, let me ask you a question. Would someone be trailer trash if they were an unwed soon to be mother? What about a white woman who had half black babies without benefit of wedlock? No, I am not talking about Obama although the shoe fits. I am talking about my sister-in-law, who fell for the "Knock up the white bitches" game that some young black men play. Do I think she is trailer trash or do I think of her as a deluded young woman who didn't understand deceit.

When I look at Obama, I see hubris. When I look at McCain, I see someone who probably gets told what to do by Cindy at times, but a man of honor and character, no matter how misguided at times. When I look at Cindy, I see hard as nails and a basic good person.

I am no fan of McCain. Sonny Boy Powell ruined two businesses of mine I spent years building up and McCain passed on him for the job at the FCC. Hark, spit. I don't love any of them. Don't fall in love with any politician or their promises. They will break your heart and pick your pocket.


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