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McCain takes lead over Obama in poll

September 13, 2008

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— Republican John McCain has taken a modest lead over Barack Obama entering the final seven weeks of their presidential contest, buoyed by decisive advantages among suburban and working-class whites and a huge edge in how people rate each candidate's experience, a poll showed Friday.

McCain has had some success parrying his Democratic opponent's efforts to tie him to the deeply unpopular President Bush, according to the AP-GfK Poll of likely voters. Half say they believe the Arizona senator would chart a different path from Bush, including a slight majority of independents, a pivotal group of voters.

The survey has plenty of positive signs for Obama as well. The Illinois senator is generally doing about as well with whites as Democrat John Kerry did in his losing but close 2004 race against Bush. Obama has an 18-percentage-point lead over McCain among voters who look more to a contender's values and views than experience, and a modest advantage in the number of supporters who say they will definitely vote for their candidate.

Even so, the survey - conducted after both parties staged their conventions and picked their vice presidential candidates - conforms with others that have shown the Republicans grabbing the momentum after a summer in which Obama had steadily maintained a slim lead. According to the AP-GfK Poll, McCain leads Obama 48 percent to 44 percent.

Underscoring how tight the race remains, several swing groups who traditionally help decide presidential races remain about evenly divided between the two tickets. These include independents, married women and Catholics.

Seven in 10 said Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made the right decision in becoming McCain's running mate, despite the demands of a family whose five children include a pregnant, unmarried teenage daughter and an infant with Down syndrome.

Eighty percent say McCain, with nearly three decades in Congress, has the right experience to be president. Just 46 percent say Obama, now in his fourth year in the Senate, is experienced enough. Another 47 percent say Obama lacks the proper experience - an even worse reading than the 36 percent who had the same criticism about Palin, now in her second year as governor after serving as a small-town mayor in her state.

Comments

Doug Fisher 6 years, 9 months ago

bisky1, i happen to be a moderate but I know that your so far to the right that anyhting to you is "liberal". Grow up.

Confrontation 6 years, 9 months ago

What they didn't tell you is that this poll was taken at only country clubs and nursing homes.

Doug Fisher 6 years, 9 months ago

Not suprising given most Americans are too dumb to know whats good for them. Palin wants a war with Russia and we'll probably all get nuked so go ahead and vote for a Mccain/Palin World War III apocalypse. I'm going to go watch "The Day After" now.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 9 months ago

"Half say they believe the Arizona senator would chart a different path from Bush, including a slight majority of independents, a pivotal group of voters."His past history indicates that that different path would be even more violent and expensive the Bush's-- so I guess that's different. But according to andy, violent is good.

Confrontation 6 years, 9 months ago

Oh, and these nursing home folks thought they were selecting "McDonald's" food, rather than voting.

bisky1 6 years, 9 months ago

noman demonstrates his liberal smarts by showing that he does not even know what palin said about russia.the liberal left a community of hate

bisky1 6 years, 9 months ago

liberal or moderate you still are not smart enough to know what palin really said because you get your talking points from the left

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