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For the Wealthy Voter, It's Palin vs. Taxes

Tim Craig

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.

By Tim Craig  |  October 27, 2008; 8:53 PM ET
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Thats because the majority of people voting in Northern Virginia are more educated, and more up to date on the issues of this country then she is.

It's the majority of people in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas that feel she is a gift from heaven, and she speaks in a language they understand.

Isnt that what we had with Bush? A president you can have a beer with. Well, I have had way too many beers with him over the last 8 years, and I want a president who owns the room, and convinces me he knows what is going on.

Posted by: SA-Town | October 28, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

People who lie and call Obama a "terrorist" or "Muslim" would have to take a good look in the mirror and grasp their own hypocrisy and racism in order to understand how misguided the GOP has now become.

It is a hard thing to admit you are smearing a decent man with hate
filled lies and exaggerated internet myths. The Republican dirty politics of throw everything to see if it sticks is so old school. Their tactics are like school yard bullies who don't know when to stop, even if it is not working.

Thanks to Bush/Cheney/Rove/McCain we have two war fronts, a destroyed economy and the entire World looking at us in dismay. You can say "Country First" but it is your ACTIONS that prove who and what you really are. The way you treat people who are different from you. Obama has stayed above the fray, shown a grace and dignity sadly lacking in the GOP.

Posted by: laurabunny | October 28, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

A strongly negative reaction to Palin would be an understatement. The woman is like a cartoon character.

Obama has gained in Virginia because we are sick to death of Bush, and have no desire to have another four years of the same garbage from McBush, er, McCain.

Posted by: smsbks | October 30, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

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