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CNN Poll: Obama Leads McCain 53-45

Just as the McCain/Palin desperation flop sweat starts to really stink up the country, good news arrives in this afternoon's release of new polling results showing Barack Obama is widening his lead over John "What Economic Problems?" McCain and Sarah "I can see Russia from my House!" Palin.

A new national poll suggests Barack Obama is widening his lead over John McCain in the race for the White House.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Monday afternoon suggests that the country's financial crisis, record low approval ratings for President Bush and a drop in the public's perception of McCain's running mate could be contributing factors to Obama's gains among voters.

Fifty-three percent of likely voters questioned in the poll say they are backing Obama for president, with 45 percent supporting McCain.

That 8-point lead is double the 4-point lead Obama held in the last CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, taken in mid-September.

President George Bush may be part of the reason why Obama's making gains. Only 24 percent of those polled approve of Bush's job as president, an all-time low for a CNN survey. See the latest polling

"Bush has now tied Richard Nixon's worst rating ever, taken in a poll just before he resigned in 1975, and is only two points higher than the worst presidential approval rating in history, Harry Truman's 22 percent mark in February 1952," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

And that's bad news for McCain, because the poll suggests a growing number of Americans believe the Republican presidential nominee would have the same policies as the current Republican president. Fifty-six percent say McCain's policies would be the same as Bush, up from 50 percent a month ago.

And no wonder the McCain campaign would like to "turn the page" on the economic bad news...

The financial crisis also appears to be contributing to Obama's increased lead in the poll. Sixty-eight percent are confident in the Democratic presidential nominee's ability to handle the financial crisis, 18 points ahead of McCain, and 42 points ahead of President Bush.

And how about that vapid Barbie doll from Alaska - ain't she somethin'?

More Americans appear to have an unfavorable view of Gov. Sarah Palin, and that may also be helping Obama in the fight for the presidency. Forty percent now have an unfavorable view of Palin, up from 27 percent a month ago and from 21 percent in late August, when McCain surprised many people by picking the first-term Alaska governor as his running mate.

"A majority of Americans now believe that Sarah Palin would be unqualified to serve as president if it became necessary, and her unfavorable rating has doubled," Holland said.

Not to worry, Republicans, there's good news today also:

The McCain campaign received some good news today. The study released this morning that showed one in four mammals are in danger of becoming extinct did not include the McCain-Palin ticket.

Wew! Maybe, if they're lucky, Grandpa and Caribou Barbie will survive until November 4.

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Comments (8)


Quit salavating. It makes you look old. Polls ebb and flow, and on Oct 5 there will be change. (McCain/Palin=change for the better; Messiah/Plugs=change for the worse)

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Is "salavating" what happens when I spin lettuce in my salad spinner?

Codekeyguy[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Spin this in your salad machine.
This from CBS dated October 6
(CBS) In a sign that the race for president has returned to about where it was before the first presidential debate, the Obama-Biden ticket leads the McCain-Palin ticket 47 percent to 43 percent among registered voters in a new CBS News poll.

The Obama-Biden ticket led by a wider margin, nine percentage points, in a CBS News poll released last Wednesday, before Joe Biden and Sarah Palin faced off in the vice presidential debate. Obama-Biden led by five percentage points on Sept. 25.

In the new poll, the Democratic ticket leads by 3 percentage points, 48 percent to 45 percent, among likely voters.

Barack Obama holds a 20 point lead in terms of enthusiasm. Fifty-eight percent of Obama voters say they are very enthusiastic about their candidate, while only 38 percent of John McCain voters say the same about the Arizona senator.

Roughly one in five registered voters have yet to commit to a candidate, though they may lean towards one or the other.


Lee Ward:

Obviously the eeevil mainstream media is lying to you, codekeyguy. Can't you see that? Here, put some more tin foil on your hat and it'll become easier to see....heh!

What does Fox News say? You believe Fox don't you?

The latest FOX News/Rasmussen Reports Poll shows that Obama has made significant gains the battleground states of Colorado, Missouri and Florida, while little change has been seen since last week's poll in Ohio and Virginia.

According to Fox Obama is either gaining or staying even in those key states.

Polls vary, and there are often burps that are difficult to explain. Most of the polls shown Obama's lead widening, so don't wet yourself if you come across a poll that differs. If you are going to fall off your chair every time two polls differ your gonna break another hip there fella.

Here, look at this... more of the polls confirm CNN's margin. CBS's poll is what's called an outlier -- it's a statistical anomaly.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

There's further proof of the unreliability in CBS's polling methodology if you scroll back in time further.

In the CBS 9/27-9/30 poll they had Obama up by 9 points while the average was somewhere around 4-5.

My guess is that CBS realized they screwed up when they had Obama up by 9 when everyone else had him up by 4, so they tweaked their methodology or sumthin' and over compensated, and got it wrong again in the opposite direction.


So get your steeenking CBS poll out of here, CKG.



Reuters/C-Span/Zogby: 48 Obama - 45 McCain

CBS News: 48 Obama - 45 McCain LV

Both outliers?????

There aren't too many game changing moments left. The last debate is on the 15th. If McCain can't get something going by then it may be too late

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

McCain is erratic enough to make a major mistake tonight, which could end it for him.

CKG - The fact that CBS has Obama dropping 6 points compared to their previous results when all other polls have him rising 3 or more points shows something is wacky with the CBS poll. You can choose to believe it's correct if you want to, but don't get mad if everyone points at you and laughs uncontrollably.


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