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McCain Gets Bounce, Obama behind by 10 points.

Posted on: September 8, 2008

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Three interesting points about the end of this year’s primary season.

1. The GOP convention followed right on the heels of the Dem convention without the usual 2 or 3 week gap that separates the two; party not in White House goes first by tradition.

2. John McCain exercised the shrewd option of withholding the decision of a running mate until after Obama picked his first.

3. Most critically, Obama was foolish enough to bypass Hillary altogether, and pick just another beltway insider, subliminally showing his own inadequacy.

Pundits often talk about the ‘bounce’ who is a poor cousin of ‘momenturm’, both referring to surges in polls. Convention bounce is the little honeymoon gift given to the newly minted ticket, that lasts until the ‘other guys’ step in steal the limelight. This year the calendar has gone awry. I can’t see how Mr. Obama would be happy with this screwy state of affairs.

A new poll just came out late this weekend from USA Today – Gallup Poll.  This is the first poll taken after both conventions have taken place and all speeches given. The poll also follows on the week-long assault on the character of Governor Palin by the nuts on the left blogs, aided and abetted by the MSM.

The poll measured, among other things, the popularity of different candidates, enthusiasm of the party loyalists, and the general success of the conventions. Susan Page, who penned the article in USA-Today, quotes Larry Sabato as saying about McCain: “He’s in a far better position than his people imagined he would be in at this point.”

In the new poll, taken Friday through Sunday, McCain leads Obama by 54%-44%  among those seen as most likely to vote. The survey of 1,022 adults, including 959 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/— 3 points for both samples.

More excerpts from the report:

 

McCain has narrowed Obama’s wide advantage on handling the economy, by far the electorate’s top issue. Before the GOP convention, Obama was favored by 19 points; now he’s favored by 3.

Before the convention, Republicans by 47%-39% were less enthusiastic than usual about voting. Now, they are more enthusiastic by 60%-24%, a sweeping change that narrows a key Democratic advantage. Democrats report being more enthusiastic by 67%-19%.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a national unknown before McCain chose her for the ticket 10 days ago, draws a strong reaction from voters on both sides. Now, 29% say she makes them more likely to vote for McCain, 21% less likely.

Combined with the Rasmussen Reports referred to in the previous post, this is good news for Sarah Palin. She not only survived the politcal gauntlet of her own party, and the left blog character smearing, now she is making an impression on the voters at large. That is just great!!

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