Barack Obama has pulled ahead of John McCain with likely voters, and the current state of the economy was the reason why, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Among likely voters, Obama weighed in with 52 percent while John McCain garnered 43, erasing McCain’s post convention lead over Obama of 49 percent to 47 percent, respectively.
Fears over the current financial crisis and the possibility of a bailout of epic proportions were important factors to voters in the survey: Voters chose Obama (53 percent) over McCain (39 percent) as the candidate best able to handle the economy, and 51 percent said the economy has taken a long-term nosedive.
The proposed solutions divided voters by just 5 percentage points: 47 percent said they approved the steps taken by the Treasury Department, and 42 percent said they disapprove.
Still, McCain scored big in the “who would you trust more to handle the campaign against terrorism” category — 48 percent to Obama’s 44 percent. And McCain won (albeit narrowly) over Obama as better able to handle “an unexpected crisis” — 47 percent to 46 percent, respectively.
Both are areas of concern that may have a heavy influence with voters as Iran closes in on nuclear weapons capabilities and political turmoil continues in Pakistan.
Sarah Palin again scored big with likely voters, with 52 percent favoring her “strongly” or “somewhat” strongly and 37 percent rating her unfavorably.
The telephone survey was conducted from Sept. 19-22, with 916 registered voters, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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