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WaPo-ABC Tracking: Battling On the Economy

In the new Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll, John McCain has notched up on the economy, but Barack Obama still holds a sizable lead as the candidate more trusted to handle the electorate's top issue. But closing the gap over the next nine days will take a bigger boost.

A narrow majority (52 percent) said the economy is their top concern for the November election. Obama holds an eleven-point edge on handling the economy, his slimmest of the week, and overall, leads the presidential contest 52 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.

Gains among men, and white men in particular, have boosted McCain on the economy. In the new poll, 42 percent said they trust McCain more than Obama to manage the issue, the highest level he has reached over the first full week of tracking.

The poll also finds a slight decrease in views that the nation has gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track. Among likely voters, 85 percent in the new poll said the nation is headed the wrong way, a downtick from 91 percent who said so in mid-October at the height of the economic crisis.

Full data from today's tracking poll can be found here.

Q. What is the single most important issue in your choice for president?


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Barack Obama and ACORN Donation
Barack Hussein Obama recently made an $800,000 donation to the Marxist community-organizing group ACORN, which has illegally registered at least 300,000 ineligible voters. This has been very well-publicized and can be referenced in any Internet media search. Should we be voting for a candidate who stands idly by while one of his favorite nonprofits commits mass voter fraud? Is this somebody who respects the integrity of the electoral process? And also--Obama claims to be middle-class and to stand for the working man. How many American workers are able to make donations of close to a million dollars at the drop of a hat?
Five Reasons Barack Hussein Obama Cannot Be Trusted On Economy
1: To this day, Obama refuses to condemn or even criticize corrupt Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines, a key supporter of his, whose insane zeal for lowering the credit threshhold of new loan applicants played a pivotal role in collapsing the mortgage system.
2: It is undisputed fact that Obama voted to raise income taxes for all making over $42,000 annually as an Illinois state senator.
3: Senator Obama and key congressional Democratic friends of his such as Reps. Barney Frank and Maxine Waters (D-MA and CA, respectively) were instrumental in pushing for Clinton's Fair Housing Act, which required banks to lower their lending standards in an effort to boost minority homeownership.
4: Taken cumulatively, Obama's promised spending plans would add up to an increase in federal spending of ONE TRILLION DOLLARS. Do you really think that ONLY those making $250,000 or more will be paying for something that massive?
5: Obama enthusiastically supported the $750 billion-dollar bailout that Bush wanted. In other words, Obama (who supposedly is a friend of the downtrodden and the hardworking taxpayer) likes rewarding corrupt, robber-baron CEOs with your money.

Posted by: theurbangrind | October 26, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Do you think that Obama can handle the Economy?

Every since Obama was up in the polls the Economy has been unsettled. The stock market is erratic. WHY?
What do the market experts know?

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 26, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the economic crisis IS the number one issue for the overwhelming majority of Americans. But, we keep getting side-tracked by people's emotions and their prejudices. This pertains to both racial and religious prejudices.

It should not matter to Americans what a person's race is. But, it does to some. And we're not gonna be able to change that. It should not matter whether Obama is a Muslim, or not, but to some it will.
And, we cannot change that either.

The polls will not ferret out these prejudicial tendencies. We hope that when folk go to the voting polls, they can leave those tendencies behind them. Failing, that, we hope that we of good faith and intentions can out-vote them.

By the way, we've already early-voted in our household. If your state has it, you might want to avoid the rush.

Posted by: hwilfongjr | October 26, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party destroyed wealth of the middle class, make them pay. Especially McCain who was in with the lobbyists who wanted to deregulate all along.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 26, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

People really should do their homework before they post outrageous lies. When you type things that are unbelievable does it occur to you to check if they are in fact believable? Let alone accurate. Check on the Acorn connection. There is no recent contribution from Obama. You should also further check your "facts"; that wasn't a personal contribution from Obama. If you want to oppose Obama, fine, but at least make a realistic, factual argument....

Posted by: janw20165 | October 26, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

The more electoral votes go for Obama, the more far fetched the McCain supporter postings become.

Check your facts- or

Posted by: tamralees | October 26, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain is as close as we can get to a Totaltarian Communist-Nazi philosophy. Lets hope his defeat will end for a long time the march to totaltarianism the US has been on for the past 27 years.

When we get the official results on 11-4-08 of who the red states are we will know just where the citadel of totaltarianism resides.

And it will be a welcomed relief, the defeat of McCain, to have his constant whinning end. The pitch of his voice is beginning to hurt my hears.

Posted by: Maddogg | October 26, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama's connection to ACORN stems from his action 13 years ago when he represented ACORN in a Motor/Voter registration law suit that he won. The Federal Justice Department helped him win.

ACORN is not known to be "Marxist" Perhaps you are confusing Marxism with Republicanism. The Republicans practice widely something known as corporate socialism - whereby they pump taxpayer money into big business. John McCain, a lackluster Republican, was the keynote speaker at an ACORN Conference in Florida in 2006. Ask him what "Marxist" means.

1. Frank Raines has no relationship with Obama or his campaign. You may be thinking of his predecessor, James Johnson.

2. Obama is no longer an Illinois Senator - no one cares about procedural votes from the distant past.

3. Fair Housing Act was signed into law by Jimmy Carter in 1977. Obama was not in the U.S. Senate then or in the early 1990's when Clinton urged changes in the law.

4. We have waasted $1 TRILLION dollars on the stupid and senseless war in Iraq. Obama says we should stop sending money down that rat hole and use our taxpayer dollars on this country. Do you have a problem with that?

5. The robber barons are all Republicans. All of them. Obama does not want to reward Republicans.

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | October 26, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

To all posters who like to quote "facts" :
Try doing a little research before you spread information. Just because you read something in a mailer, or hear it in a robocall, that doesn't make it a fact. Go to politifact,, or snopes. Those are three reliable sources for finding out what is fact and what is fiction. To "urbangirl":#1 Certain ACORN volunteers falsified voter registration forms because they were being paid $5 per signature collected. That is a very poor system and encourages cheating by the volunteers so they can get paid more. #2 The organization itself was hardly guilty of perpetrating fraud. ACORN was the one who alerted the authorities to the problem in the first place.#3 The false registrations can't translate to false votes because someone will have to show up at the polls with an ID that matches that registration form signed "Mickey Mouse" or "Spiderman" in order to cast a vote. Not gonna happen. #4 Obama has a ground organization, a voter registration organization, and GOTV program that would make Karl Rove jealous. He doesn't need ACORN's help. #5 If ACORN is such a Socialist organization, why was John McCain the keynote speaker at a 2006 ACORN sponsored immigration reform meeting? There is a photo of him at the event posted at
#6 It has been discovered that McCain paid $175,000.00 for voter registration assistance to Nathan Sproul, of Sproul and associates, who has been investigated for voter fraud in several states over the last 8 years.The GOP hired Mark Jacoby of the Young Political Majors to register voters. He was just arrested in California for voter registration fraud.So there's plenty of that nonsense going around on both sides.
"Texan2007": The stock market is unstable because the economy is in a tailspin- a tailspin brought on by a lot of factors, including Alan Greenspan's policies while Fed chairman, Phil Gramm's deregulation of the markets while head of the Senate Banking Committee, subprime mortgages, and naked short selling in the Stock Market. If you really want to learn about what is driving the market, watch Bloomberg TV. That is all they talk about, 24/7. Try to educate yourselves, so you can make an INFORMED choice before you vote. You are entitled to your own opinions, not your own facts.

Posted by: winnie47 | October 26, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama recently made an $800,000 donation to the Marxist
I appreciate the way a poster like you tips me off immediately that I am reading a mindless rant. The point in your using the middle name "Hussein" is what, precisely?

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 26, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Be worry of what Obama truly believe in, regardless of you are democrats or republican.

He was a Muslim but he denies it now.
He has family in Kenya he distances now.
He was a true believer of Wright but he brushed him off recently.
He was supported by Ayers but now he said he has not contacted him for the past three years.
These are Obama's past records.

Extrapolate into the future...
He claims to be a democrat but how long will this claim last?
Will he ever sacrifice the United States for a higher goal? I am not sure.

See the link below:

Posted by: noparty1 | October 26, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

urbangrind? You're a racist as evidenced by your use of Hussein. Yes, I know that's his name, but only you mouth-breathing racists use it. Ever see anyone who agrees with him use it? You are McCain and Palin's kool-aid drinkers.

And as to ACORN? You racists don't like it because it registers people of color, and you think you're all so superior to them. Let me tell you, you can't hold the strap of ANY of them.

At least ACORN returns ALL its registration cards to the county registrars. Yes, they are REQUIRED BY LAW to turn in a card made out in the name of "mickey mouse." In fact, it was probably some mouth-breather like you that filled it in as a "joke" to try to bring down the "communist" who was offering to help you register to vote.

The Republicans, however, TEAR UP registrations, legitimate registrations, of anyone who registers as a Democrat in the drives they run.

They, and YOU, are the ones who are anti-democrary. Go back where you came from, under a rock.

Posted by: RealCalGal | October 26, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Actually, if you look at the detail, Obama's lead is not holding steady. It narrowed two points in one day. McCain continues to pick up support from reps, which was lagging compared to the percent Bush had in 2004.

Also if you look at independents, Obama leads by two points. Just two days ago, he lead by 7 points among independents. The only reason that narrowing didn't have more impact on the overall poll was because there were fewer independents polled this time.

Obama leads McCain by 7 points, which is the amount dems are favored in the poll sample. I'd say that dems account for 4 points more than reps and if you weighted your poll sample that way Obama would be leading McCain by 4 points. Still a tough climb but not impossible especially if you're also using an expanded likely voter model to include more potential new voters.

Posted by: SAM13 | October 26, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Republican trickle down economics, which McCain has pledged to continue, produces an unbalanced tax structure that puts undue pressure on the middle class. It can produce economic growth only with massive deficit spending, causing unsustainable increases in the national debt, as clearly shown during the Reagan years and the 3 terms of both Bushes. Einstein had a great definition of insanity as being trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.

Only the combination of a Democratic President and Congress will get us out of gridlock and bring real economic relief. A properly rebalanced tax structure, such as that existing during the Clinton years, will eventually bring recovery from the Bush caused disaster, and a strong middle class that can once again grow small businesses.

Giving in to the selfish antics of the rich, who can never have big enough yachts, and accumulate insane amounts of money as a means of "keeping score", will only prolong the misery. We tried that for 6 years with a Republican President and Congress, and look at what it brought us.

Voting for divided government will also not bring the changes we need - only more gridlock. We need a Democratic President and Congress to put in place a real economic plan, like the one passed in 1993 by Bill Clinton, and with no Republican votes in Congress at all, that will restore growth, a vibrant middle class, and fiscal responsibility.

Posted by: orrg1 | October 27, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

I ignore many of the comments as they are so blatant. It is amazing how many cave dwellers are still around.

However there are some interesting things revealed in the composite data. On voter preference, on 9/7 it was still close with McCane marginally leading on some indices. But by 9/22 something had happened. Obama had opened a 9 point margin with the key issue becoming the economy.

And now, compared to 2004, Obama is very strong in blue states, highly competitive in many red states, and most importantly, in the battleground states decided by less that 5% in 2004, Obama is up by more than 10%.

Posted by: BarryOR | October 27, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

at this time, the dems are writing legislation they plan to vote on as soon as they get back into office next year...
they won't give their members time to read it because they have the numbers to pass it without them knowing about it...
so regardless of what you think obama will do...
the only agenda being passed is the white old agenda of pelosi and reid...
obama will just be the suit...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 27, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Vote for the Repo Party - we're all broke anyway!

Posted by: ppjmckeown1 | October 28, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 29, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

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