McCain is gaining in key states:
Republican John McCain has quickly closed the gap between himself and Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama in several key battleground states even as the Arizona senator struggles to break through the wall-to-wall coverage of Obama’s trip to Europe and the Middle East this week.
McCain and Obama are in a statistical dead heat in Colorado, Michigan and Minnesota while the Illinois senator has a more comfortable double-digit edge in Wisconsin, according to polling conducted by Quinnipiac University for washingtonpost.com and the Wall Street Journal during the past week. Only in Colorado, however, does McCain hold a greater percentage of the vote share than Obama.
Meanwhile Allah points to this Fox poll, with the same oversampling of Democrats as the last one, which show Obama gaining NO bounce from the Maliki comments supporting his plan for withdrawal:
Conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, three days after Maliki’s Spiegel interview dropped, with the same percentage of Democrats sampled as in their last poll (42%) and actually fewer Republicans this time than last (33% versus 35%). Head to head: Obama 41, McCain 40. On handling Iraq: McCain 47, Obama 39, a two-point gain since June. Maybe Obama’s position on the surge is starting to penetrate? There’s circumstantial evidence in the crosstabs. A quarter of independents and 15% of Democrats perceive “major improvements” in Iraq from the surge; many more see “minor improvements.” The fact that Obama’s popular with Europeans likewise is a wash. Democrats see it as positive, Republicans negative, and indies are split 26/25 — although people calling themselves “independents” these days are apt to include more disaffected Republicans so weigh that accordingly.
This question is classic tho:
What kind of change does he stand for? Coming in second is the answer, “don’t know”.
Check out the rest of Allah’s post to see how even the majority of Democrats believe the media is in the tank for Obama. Then, check out the latest Rasmussen poll that shows 63% believe this European political rally trip doesn’t make him appear any more Presidential.
Obama’s arrogance and constant changing of position in a vain attempt to always appear right, coupled with the obvious media lovefest for the man, may be starting the hurt the guy. It does appear that many people are falling out of puppy love for him.