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Behind the Numbers: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

Post-ABC Track Steady At 9; Voter Interest At New High

The latest installment of the Washington Post-ABC News daily tracking poll shows Barack Obama maintaining a nine point lead over John McCain, amid new highs in enthusiasm for his candidacy. Voters are more deeply attuned to the race for the White House than at this point in 2004 or 2000....

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  October 25, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Obama and McCain Remain Popular; Palin Unfavs Top 50

Today's Washington Post-ABC News daily tracking poll has Barack Obama up nine points among likely voters, 53 to 44 percent. Since the first release on Monday, Obama's advantage has fluctuated between nine and 11. Also in today's data , both Obama and John McCain sport high favorability ratings. So too...

By Jon Cohen  |  October 24, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Touching Base

Barack Obama's campaign has been more successful than John McCain's at reaching out to voters - both in the "base" and across battleground states. Overall, about three in 10 voters, 29 percent, in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll report having been asked to support Obama, compared with 21 percent...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  October 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Obama Ties-up McCain in "Red States"

With an 11-point advantage among likely voters in today's Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll, Barack Obama maintains his largest national lead of the campaign in Post-ABC polling. In addition to the state polls out today from Quinnipiac and the University of Wisconsin, another way to see the magnitude of the...

By Jon Cohen  |  October 23, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Ideological Fire Misses the Mark

Despite strong GOP efforts to define Barack Obama as "too liberal" and an equally pointed Democratic campaign aimed at labeling John McCain as "too conservative," voters' impressions of the main presidential contenders' ideological leanings have budged little since June, according to a new release from the Washington Post-ABC News tracking...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  October 23, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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This Race Goes to 11 - Powell Helps with Indies

Barack Obama is up 11 points on John McCain among likely voters in the new Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll, 54 to 43 percent. Though little changed from yesterday, Obama's national lead is now his biggest of the campaign in Post-ABC polling. Former secretary of state Colin Powell's endorsement provides...

By Jon Cohen  |  October 22, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (230)
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Obama Leads Among the Young and the Landline-less

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...

By Jon Cohen  |  October 21, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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WaPo-ABC Daily Tracking - Release #1

Democrat Barack Obama enters the final two weeks of the presidential campaign holding a clear lead over Republican John McCain, aided by voters' focus on the shaky economy and by their perceptions that he is better equipped to handle those problems than his rival. The new findings come from the...

By Jon Cohen  |  October 20, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
 
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GOP Challenges: VP and Campaign Focus

A majority of voters now say John McCain's vice presidential pick reflects poorly on the types of decisions he would make as president, and most "movable" voters think his campaign has veered into unjustifiable topics in the final weeks. The numbers, from a new Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted Thursday...

By Jon Cohen  |  October 20, 2008; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Presidential Debates: The Verdict is In

The verdict on this year's presidential debates is in, and according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, fewer than half of voters said the three face-offs altered their views of the candidates. Among those who did change their views, Barack Obama appears to have earned the biggest boost from...

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  October 19, 2008; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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