A new poll released today shows Republican presidential candidate John McCain enjoying a slim lead over Democratic rival Barack Obama for the first time since Obama won the Democratic Party nomination more than two months ago.
Obama and McCain are in a statistical heat with each receiving 44 percent, but when independents who say they lean toward one party more than another are included, the vote swings in McCain’s favor by a margin of 47 percent to 46 percent, according to the Rasmussen Reports Daily presidential tracking poll.
McCain's lead over Obama represents a trend whereby the senior Senator from Arizona has been consistently catching up — and now passing — the junior Senator from Illinois in the race for the White House.
Just a week ago, Obama led McCain by three percentage points, according to Rasmussen results, and was even with McCain among unaffiliated voters. Today’s results show McCain now leads Obama 52 percent to 37 percent among the unaffiliated electorate.
Poll results show McCain also has a lead over Obama when it comes to energy issues, 46 percent to 42 percent, a marked contrast from two months ago when Obama had a four-point edge on energy issues.
When it comes to being viewed favorably among all voters, McCain edges out Obama by a margin of 55 percent to 51 percent, representing the lowest rating for Obama in more than two months.
In addition, 46 percent now believe Obama’s views on America being unfair and discriminatory have steadily risen — from 39 percent in June, to 43 percent in July, to 46 percent in this most recent polling.
While 69 percent of voters say they either heard or saw the McCain campaign’s ad last week claiming Obama to be just another pop celebrity, only 22 percent felt the tone of the message was racist. Interestingly enough, more than half of those polled — 53 percent — felt Obama’s comments about not looking like American Presidents on U.S. paper currency was racist.
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