For the Wealthy Voter, It's Palin vs. Taxes
The Washington Post Virginia poll published today includes one finding that may have caused a few Republicans to grimace: Democrat Barack Obama has a 15-point advantage over Republican John McCain on the issue of taxes.
A historicaly low tax state, Virginia Republicans have been using the tax issue for decades to gain advantage. But Virginia voters by a margin of 54 percent to 39 percent say they trust Obama more than McCain to handle tax policy.
But the question breaks down along economic lines, which may still allow the issue to work in Republicans' favor. By an 11-point margin, white voters with household incomes under $50,000 a year side with Obama on the issue. Those white voters who make more than $50,000 side with McCain by an almost equal margin.
That may be one potential bright spot for the GOP nominee as he tries to improve his standing in well-off Northern Virginia, where Obama is leading 2 to 1.
Part of the problem for McCain in Northern Virginia, however, does not have to do with any issue. The poll suggests that McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has turned into a big liability in Northern Virginia. Palin's unfavorable rating now stands at 62 percent in Northern Virginia, and the vast majority of those voters have a "strongly" negative reaction to her.
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