ATLANTA, Ga. — Strategic Vision, LLC showed that the McCain/Palin ticket led the Obama/Biden ticket 48% to 44% with 2% for other candidates; and 6% undecided. This is just outside the poll's margin of error.
The race in Ohio is extremely close with Sen. John McCain holding a slight advantage, said David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision, LLC. McCain leads narrowly among white females in the state, with the Palin selection making the difference. Additionally, McCain is attracting about 7% of voters who supported Sen. Hillary Clinton. Voters still appear to have reservations about Obama particularly blue collar male voters.
The poll showed that 48% viewed Sen. Barack Obama favorably with 39% viewing him unfavorably; and 13% undecided. Joe Biden was viewed favorably by 46% of respondents with 34% viewing him unfavorably; and 20% undecided. John McCain was viewed favorably by 49% of respondents with 36% viewing him unfavorably; and 15% undecided. Sarah Palin was viewed favorably by 53% of respondents with 33% viewing her unfavorably; and 14% undecided.
At this moment Sarah Palin is the most popular of the four candidates, said Johnson. She draws her biggest support from male voters and females aged 25 to 55. Additionally, she is perceived very favorably by voters who consider themselves Independents and even gets strong reviews from 25% of Democrats. Obama's unfavorable rose during the last two days that we were in the field and would seem to indicate that the more he appears to go on the attack, that it has a negative effect for him.
When asked who would be best able to handle the economy, 49% said McCain; 43% said Obama; and 8% were undecided.
The economy is the number one issue in Ohio and the fact that McCain is seen as the best candidate to handle it could be a boost to put him over the top, said Johnson. Unlike other states that we have polled in females do not favor Obama on the economy.
When asked who would be best able to handle the war in Iraq, 52% said McCain; 38% said Obama, and 10% were undecided.
The results of the poll showed that 25% of those polled approved of President Bush's overall job performance; with 68% disapproving; and 7% undecided. When asked if they approved of the president's handling of the economy, 21% approved; 68% disapproved; and 11% were undecided. On the issue of Iraq, the poll found 37% approved of the President's handling of the war; with 56% disapproving; and 7% undecided. When asked if they approved of the President's handling of the war on terrorism, 53% approved; 39% disapproved; and 8% were undecided.
The president's job approval number could be the number one detriment to McCain winning in Ohio, particularly with the issue of the economy, said Johnson.
When asked whether they approved or disapproved of Gov. Ted Strickland's job performance, 60% approved; 29% disapproved; and 11% were undecided. Fifty-three percent of respondents approved of Sen. George Voinovich's job performance; 37% disapproved; and 10% were undecided. Sen. Sherrod Brown had 55% approving of his job performance; 33% disapproving; and 12% undecided.
When asked if voters approved or disapproved of the way Congress is handling its job, 12% approved; 72% disapproved; and 16% were undecided.
As in other states, approval for Congress in Ohio is lower than the pPresident's and might at some point factor against Democrats, Johnson said.