Wednesday, September 24, 2008

National Poll: Obama By 9

A new Washington Post/ABC News Poll released this morning shows Barack Obama surging past John McCain to a 52-43 point lead nationally.  McCain's convention bounce gave him a two point lead two weeks ago, but that lead has now been erased as voters fear a worsening economy and the ongoing catastrophe on Wall Street.  

Highlights from the poll. View full polling data (pdf)
  • Obama leads 52-39 on the economy
  • Independents prefer Obama by 21 points on issues related to the economy
  • 9% rate the economy as "good" or "excellent"
  • 14% of voters believe the nation is heading in the right direction  (ties record low in 1973)
  • 60% are worried about their own family finances
  • 43% of independent women view Palin favorably compared to 65% last month (-22%)
  • 62% of Obama supporters are "very enthusiastic" compared to just 34% for John McCain who feel the same way about his candidacy.

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