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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