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Obama’s Lead Grows Among Many Polls

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FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver report on today’s polling numbers suggest it’s time for Sen. John McCain to throw in the towel.

We already discussed the Big Ten and Quinnipiac polls, which are exceptionally strong for Obama across the board. But those aren’t the only places where he’s putting up some intimidating numbers. National Journal and SurveyUSA join Big Ten and Quinnipiac in giving Obama a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania, as does the Morning Call tracker. The Schroth Eldon & Associates poll for the Miami Herald and St. Pete Times in Florida, which has a fairly good reputation, puts him ahead by 7 in the Sunshine State. SurveyUSA now gives him a lead in Indiana, joining PPP and Big Ten; Indiana has turned blue on our map.

Obama even leads in Montana, a state which his campaign has never disengaged from, according to an MSU-Billings poll. Importantly, the MSU poll mentioned Ron Paul by name, who is on the ballot in Montana. He drew 4 percent of the vote, the precise difference between Obama and McCain. Furthermore, Obama’s strong results in deep red states like Montana and Indiana lead our model to conclude that North Dakota may in fact be in play, as well as two of Nebraska’s three congressional districts. If the election were held today, the Obama campaign might very well sweep every state on their target list.

… There is now no perceptible rebound for John McCain; in fact, the race may still be trending toward Obama, although the safer assumption is that it’s flat. Meanwhile, Obama’s electoral position appears as strong as ever. John McCain’s chances of winning the election have dwindled to 3.7%, down from 6.5% yesterday.

FiveThirtyEight predicts 375 electoral votes for Obama.

Rasmussen Reports said today that Obama has increased his national polling numbers to about 52 percent. Rasmussen Markets data shows Obama with an 86.7% chance of winning in November.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Barack Obama attracting 52% of the vote while John McCain earns 45%. That seven-point lead is Obama’s largest in nearly two weeks. This is also the first time since October 11 that the Democratic candidate has reached the 52% level of support, his highest total of the year.

… As a result, Electoral College projections now show Obama leading 260-163. When “leaners” are included, Obama leads 286-174. A total of 270 Electoral Votes are needed to win the White House.

Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Obama running ahead of McCain among likely voters –50 percent to 46 percent using the “traditional” model Gallup has employed in past elections, and 51 percent to 45 percent using an “expanded” model that takes into account possibly greater turnout by new or infrequent voters.

Zogby International’s electoral map is a sea of blue, giving Obama 273 electoral votes.

Democrat Barack Obama has slowly built a 12-point lead over Republican John McCain, consolidating support among young voters, Hispanics, and independent voters while McCain’s support, even among his Republican base, is fading heading down the stretch, the latest Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby daily tracking poll shows.

John Zogby said on his web site: “Obama now has a huge lead among young voters, independents, and Hispanic voters. It’s obviously not over. Frankly, this could tighten up and then loosen up again before Election Day. We saw movement on Election Day in New Hampshire, but at least for now, Obama has a very big lead. In the absence of news, McCain is not connecting. He seemed to be connecting during and immediately after the last debate, but got lost in issues that are not on people’s minds. At some point, there are some issues that just overwhelm, and McCain has been particularly weak on the economy. He misstated the problem, confused his position, acted in a frantic way, and then looked like he wanted to run away from it. Meanwhile, Obama has been cool and confident, which worked for FDR in 1932 and worked for Ronald Reagan in 1980.”

“I am very comfortable with our sample, especially given our track record in the last three presidential elections. Look at other polls and ask – Do they have enough college educated respondents? Enough Hispanics? Enough young voters? We do. And we have more Republicans in our sample than anyone else.”


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October 23, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Posted in Polling

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