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 who have heard from the McCain campaign.
It is a crucial advantage for Obama as Election Day nears. The final days of any political campaign are often a frenzied push to get supporters to the polls, and campaign contacts are a key measure of the strength of each campaign's get-out-the-vote effort.
Unsurprisingly, the campaigns' national operations have not reached as broad a swath of voters as in the uber-swing state of Ohio, where a Post-ABC poll conducted earlier in the month found 43 percent had been contacted by Obama, 33 percent by McCain. But the national numbers are large on both sides.
Breaking down the nationwide contacts by mode, 21 percent of likely voters have heard from Obama either through in-person contacts or on the phone, and 16 percent by e-mail or text messaging (the campaign has reached out to 8 percent both ways). McCain's campaign has reached 14 percent by phone or in-person and 10 percent by e-mail or text message. All told, about four in 10 have been contacted by at least one campaign, and roughly one in 10 report having been contacted by both.
Obama's campaign has made no secret of its outreach to African Americans, and 56 percent of black likely voters said they have been contacted. Just 16 percent had been contacted by McCain.
Younger voters have also been a heavy focus, and among those under age 35, 29 percent report hearing from Obama, just 11 percent from McCain. Obama holds a narrower edge on outreach to seniors, 32 to 25 percent.
McCain has outpaced Obama on reaching out to white evangelical Protestants (26 percent, compared with 15 percent reached by Obama), but not among some other core GOP constituencies. The McCain campaign has reached fewer Republicans, 25 percent, than Obama has Democrats, 44 percent, and the two candidates have each contacted about the same proportion of conservatives, 22 percent have heard from Obama, 23 percent from McCain.
The battleground, however, is among independents, 26 percent of whom have heard from the Democrat, 20 percent from the Republican.
And in the literal battleground, those coveted purple states we wrote about yesterday, 36 percent of likely voters report having heard from Obama, 23 percent from McCain.
Full data from this poll can be found here.
October 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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