The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows the race for the White House is tied with Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 44% of the vote. However, when “leaners” are included, it’s McCain 47% and Obama 46%.
This is the first time McCain has enjoyed even a statistically insignificant advantage of any sort since Obama clinched the Democratic nomination on June 3.
Even more devastating numbers for Obama are deeper in the Rasmussen poll:
McCain is currently viewed favorably by 55% of the nation’s voters, Obama by 51%. That is the lowest rating for Obama since he wrapped up the nomination. Obama is viewed favorably by 83% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans, and 47% of unaffiliated voters. For McCain, the numbers are 87% favorable among Republicans, 26% among Democrats, and 61% among unaffiliated voters.
HUGE problem for Obama — McCain is winning the “middle” voters that both of them are going after.
Forty-six percent (46%) of voters trust McCain more than Obama on energy issues while Obama is trusted more by 42%.
Forty-six percent (46%) of voters nationwide now say that Obama views U.S. society as unfair and discriminatory. That’s up from 43% in July and 39% in June. By a three-to-one margin, American voters hold the opposite view and believe that our society is generally fair and decent.
No Messiah here folks, nothing to see, move along. Just a normal angry American liberal who Hates America First.
So much for “Obama coattails”…. Democrats across the USA should now be focusing their attention on a previous election: 1972.
UPDATE (from Dan): Sometimes, it’s uncanny how Bruce and I often (without informing the other) want to blog on similar topics. I had planned a followup to my July 25 post on the polls suggesting that things don’t look as good for Obama as they once did. He’s falling back too soon, before Carter started seriously slipping in 1976 and Dukakis in 1988. And he also seems to be spending more money on media than McCain.
Hmm. . . sounds a lot like the final weeks of the contest for the Democratic nomination where he outspent Hillary Clinton but where she outperformed him at the ballot box.
May be slow blogging as I’m finally taking a bit of a vacation. With my family right now in a very blue region of a purple state.
UP-UPDATE (from Dan again): A Zogby poll which had Obama up by 10 in July now has McCain up by 1. Second poll in as many weeks which has my man John up. (Via Instapundit.)