Friday, October 24, 2008

Barack Obama Opening Up a Lead in Polls

Democrat Barack Obama continued to expand his lead this week as he now holds a 9 point lead over Republican John McCain according to an ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking poll. This comes with less than two weeks before the US Presidential Election on November 4th.

The poll of 1,321 likely voters found 53% favored Obama, compared with 44% for McCain. The poll, conducted Monday to Thursday, had a margin of error of 2.5percentage points. Obama's lead has ranged from 9 to 11 points in the tracking poll this week.

The findings were similar to a number of other polls. A Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released earlier on Friday showed Obama had a 10 point lead over McCain. The ABC News/Washington Post poll also found a decline in the popularity of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who was now rated unfavorably by 51% of respondents.

Among respondents, 46% had a favorable view of the Alaska governor, down from 59% after the Republican convention in early September. Six in 10 likely voters said Palin lacked the experience to be an effective president.

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