With the political climate favoring the Democratic Party this year and media coverage skewed in favor of the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama should enjoy a healthy lead over his Republican rival in summer opinion polls (particularly given the strength of the out-of-power party after eight years with the other party in the White House). Â
But, right now, polls show Obama’s lead dwindling, with McCain making gains in key battleground states.
And this in a week where the Illinois Senator has received especially fawning media ooverage.
Given that late-deciding Democrats broke heavily against ObamaÂ in spring primaries even after the media had anointed him their party’s nominee, one could expect late-deciding voters in the general election to break for John McCain by ever larger margins.Â
Consider this one detail from the recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll (which had Obama up by 6 points): Â 55 percent of voters surveyed consider Obama “the riskier choice for president.“Â This, combined with McCain’s advantage on leadership, knowledge, experience and commander-in-chief qualities, should serve him well with voters who have yet to make up in their minds in this long campaign.
UPDATE: Â As per that skewed coverage mentioned above, Ann Althouse, forced to watch CNN while waiting for a flight, observes: “the endless enthusiasm over Barack Obama is appalling. There’s no pretense of journalistic neutrality. Barack Obama is getting aÂ rockstarÂ welcome… blah blah blah… ugh!” Â (Via Instapundit.)