McCain, Obama Virtually Tied In Polls

THE POLL: Wall Street Journal-NBC News, national presidential race among registered voters

THE NUMBERS: Barack Obama 46 percent, John McCain 45 percent

OF INTEREST: This poll shows a virtually even race - little changed since Obama's 3-percentage-point lead in August but significantly closer than the Democrat's 6-point edge in July. Following the Republican convention and the addition of Sarah Palin to the GOP ticket, Obama's supporters still express more excitement than McCain's by 21 points - smaller than last month's 34-point difference. Only a third think McCain is likely to bring change compared to half who say Obama will, but here too the gap between them has shrunk. Thirty-four percent say Palin makes them likelier to vote for McCain and 25 percent less likely; her Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden, makes 24 percent likelier to back Obama and 16 percent less so. McCain's support is up strongly with Southerners, Obama's has grown among backers of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

DETAILS: Conducted Sept. 6-8 by landline and cellular telephone with 860 registered voters. Sampling error margin plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.


THE POLL: FOX News-Opinion Dynamics, national presidential race among registered voters

THE NUMBERS: John McCain 45 percent, Barack Obama 42 percent

OF INTEREST: This survey reverses the 3-percentage-point edge Obama had last month before both parties held their conventions and picked vice presidential candidates. Independents prefer McCain by 15 points after being split about evenly in August. Two-thirds think Obama is qualified to be president, compared to nearly eight in 10 who say McCain is. The Republican ticket is widely seen as having more combined experience, and is narrowly thought to have better judgment. The Democrats are seen as likelier to bring change by 7 points.

DETAILS: Conducted Sept. 8-9 by landline telephone with 900 registered voters nationwide. Sampling error margin plus or minus 3 points.

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  • by Enough Already Location: Local on Sep 12, 2008 at 08:56 PM
    I believe it's about time for some honesty when it comes to you neoconservatives and evangelicals who comment on this page. Put aside your right wing, flag waving rhetoric for once and be truthful. There are two things that you are absolutely petrified of- One is change. All of you have believed that Bush was actually the second coming of Christ when he was appointed President in 2000. Now that McCain and Palin, who would be like John The Baptist and the Virgin Mary (well, Palin is no virgin!)secured the nomination, you want at least four more years of the same old warmongering politics. Secondly, you are terrified of the very thought of a black as President. Quoting Michael Moore, "Stupid White Men" have ran the political machine in this country since 1776 and that's the way it is, period. Be honest with yourselves and ditch the "You can have an opinion, as long as it's my opinion" garbage. Am I being honest here?
  • by Rob Location: NC on Sep 12, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    The neocons and the evangelicals are either too blind or too stupid to realize what could happen if McBush and The Bimbo are apppointed and anointed.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Sep 12, 2008 at 07:54 PM
    "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”- Joseph Goebbels. This is for you, VBush, since you believe that the Goering quote is becoming "stale". Goebbels, Hitler, Goering, Heidrich, Himmler, and all of them knew. I'm sure we can add Bush, Cheney, McCain, and your beloved Palin to that list.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 11, 2008 at 10:11 AM
    As you said VBush, she is conservative but she is also against corruption. DC will see a woman that is relentless on going after the dems and repulicans. She doesn't care what party, just what they are voting for or supporting and why they are supporting it. This is why Alaska loves her. She doesn't take any crap. If this nation what real change, well, she is the one to do it. This is why the dogs they sicked on her found nothing but rumors. Even dems like her in the state. Liberals won't like her and they have made that obvious. McCain is charged up as well. President Palin..I think that will happen but I am sure she will run against Hillary. This, of course, if the democrats wise up to who is middle and who is too liberal. I cannot wait to hear all the liberals cry again when Obama-Biden looses. I am sure they will missinform us with cheating, hanging chads, but lest we forget. Let the libs keep bashing, it makes them look like children.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Sep 11, 2008 at 07:03 AM
    The Liberals still don't get it. No matter what happens they think that the majority of Americans think like them. They also think that the last mid-term election in 06 was about them......It wasn't. The republicans are mad as hell that their party isn't towing the line. They don't get it now and probably never will. Us magazine is feeling the sting by attempting to prop up Obama and destroy Palin. They are about to go under. I love it. Mess NBC might have gotten a clue, but somehow I doubt it. Why are people energized by Palin? BECAUSE SHE IS A TRUE CONSERVATIVE. The left has dispatched an army of 'dirt diggers' to Alaska and after a little over two weeks, try as they might, they cannot find anything more than some minor differences of opinion. McCain will win and in 4 more years we will have our first woman as President of these United States...her name will be President Palin. Thank God the left will lose, but they will spend the next 4 years creating scandal after scandal.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 11, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    Based on the election for Bush-Kerry, the percentage really shows McCain is leading. Kerry was up several points but still lost the election. I think the percentage is up due to Palin.
  • by Gary Location: Roper on Sep 10, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    GO McCain !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by XXX Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:00 PM
    obama supporters, where is your vp candidate? For some reason, the image of a scared dog running back into his doghouse with his tail tucked between his legs pops in my head. And NO, I'm not saying the man is a dog.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 10, 2008 at 04:49 PM
    Obama/Biden 08!
  • by MEEEE on Sep 10, 2008 at 02:45 PM
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