WaPo-ABC Track: I'm Rubber, You're Glue
Half of all voters think John McCain has gone too far in criticizing Barack Obama, while most think Obama has been measured in his return volleys.
To play catch-up, McCain, who has not lead in a national poll in six weeks (more than 155 polls according to pollster.com), has increased his hits on the Democratic nominee. Many now think he has crossed the line: 50 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said he has been overly critical.
Fewer, 16 percent of all likely voters and 27 percent of Republicans said McCain should be attacking more. The rest said McCain has handled those attacks about right.
On the flip side, two-thirds said Obama has criticized McCain at about the right level. About a quarter think he has gone too far; 44 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of independents feel this way. Independents are substantially more critical of McCain's approach: 48 percent said the Republican has gone too far.
Obama voters overwhelmingly believe McCain has unfairly gone after their guy, while far fewer of McCain's see Obama as crossing the line (78 vs. 42 percent).
Q: In terms of criticizing Obama, do you think McCain has gone too far, not far enough, or handled it about right?
Q: In terms of criticizing McCain, do you think Obama has gone too far, not far enough, or handled it about right?
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