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Behind the Numbers: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

Obama v. Bush on "Experience"

Today GOP strategist Karl Rove highlights a continued weak point for Barack Obama - that 45 percent of registered voters in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll doubt the Illinois senator's readiness to be president. But Rove exaggerates the extent of public doubts about Obama's experience compared with George W....

By Jon Cohen  |  October 16, 2008; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Reagan's "Comeback"

When John McCain's bid for the GOP nomination nearly flatlined last summer, his campaign trumpeted Ronald Reagan's comeback win in the 1980 primaries as a model . Now, down in the polls with just three weeks to go, some are again suggesting a "Reagan-esque" path for their candidate. It is...

By Jon Cohen  |  October 13, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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In the Margins: Three Weeks to Go

Barack Obama enters the final three weeks of the presidential campaign with the wind at his back. In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, Obama's favorability has climbed and the proportion who view him as a safe choice is on the rise, while positive views of McCain have dropped and...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  October 13, 2008; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Attacking vs. Addressing Issues

About six in 10 voters see Republican John McCain as mainly on the attack, while most see Democrat Barack Obama as focused on the issues, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Nearly seven in 10 of those surveyed Wednesday through Saturday said Obama is primarily addressing the issues...

By Jon Cohen  |  October 12, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
 
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