I guess it was bound to happen. The messiah has come back down to earth. Even Zogby, the most left-leaning of pollsters, has McCain ahead of Obama now:
A national Associated TV/Zogby International telephone poll of 1,011 likely voters conducted July 31-Aug. 1 finds Republican Sen. John McCain taking a razor-thin 42%-41% lead over Democrat Sen. Barack Obama in the race for the U.S. presidency.
Even more surprising is the fact that a majority of McCain’s gains have been in 18-29 year old voter group. He gained 20% while Obama lost 16%. He gained 10% among women and Obama lost 11% from the Independent segment.
Even with African-Americans and Hispanics, Obama shows smaller margins.
The luster was due to fade away sooner or later but this is surprising so early….and from Zogby!
In the Rasmussen poll the numbers aren’t good for Obama either:
A week ago today, Obama had a three-percentage point lead and the candidates were even among unaffiliated voters. Today, McCain leads 52% to 37% among unaffiliateds.
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.
With these numbers its not surprising that Obama has once again flip-flopped on a topic that is on everyone’s minds nowadays. Energy.
I love the end of that segment. “The Obama campaign said it hasn’t changed its position.”
The reversal is the second refinement in Obama’s energy policy. Last week, he said that he would reluctantly consider accepting some offshore oil drilling. Obama had previously said he opposed such drilling, which is strongly backed by rival John McCain, who has urged that states be allowed to decide whether to drill.
Refinement….I love it.
Even better news from Gallup:
In a year when approval of Congress has reached a new low, just 36% of U.S. registered voters say most members of Congress deserve re-election~~~
Gallup has found ratings in the neighborhood of the current 36% in three other election years — 1992, 1994, and 2006. All of these years brought about significant change in the membership of Congress.