Obama Leads Among the Young and the Landline-less
By Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta
Barack Obama is up 12 points over John McCain among white voters under 30, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll. That is a reversal from 2004, when John F. Kerry lost these voters by 10 points.
The senator from Illinois is also exceeding Kerry's take by large margins among first-time voters (20 points better), moderates and African Americans (nine points each).
Another closely-watched group this year, particularly for the poll-obsessed, are those voters who have abandoned traditional phone service for mobile phones. Obama leads by better than 2 to 1 among these voters.
In 2004, 7 percent of voters indicated that they were "cell-only," according to the network exit poll; they went for Kerry over George W. Bush by 54 to 45 percent. Now, when these voters are poised to make up an even larger share of the electorate, 67 percent back Obama, 32 percent support McCain. (These data do not indicate any bias in polls without cell phone samples; but more on that as we continue the track.)
Posted at 5:00 PM ET on Oct 21, 2008
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