October 1, 2008

WELL, HE'S USED TO BEING A PRISONER...:

Poll: McCain has suburban-voter edge over Obama (KARLA SCHUSTER, September 30, 2008, newsday.com)

Republican presidential nominee John McCain has a slight edge over Democratic rival Barack Obama among suburban voters, drawing his strongest support from men and affluent married couples with children, according to a new poll released yesterday.

Overall, 48 percent of suburban voters said they supported McCain, compared with 42 percent for Obama, according to the poll conducted for Hofstra's National Center for Suburban Studies.

The spiraling economic decline ranked as their chief concern in the presidential election and their personal lives: 46 percent said it is the issue they most want to hear the candidates discuss, while 49 percent reported that they or someone they know has lost a job in the past year.

So even as the economic crisis cuts into McCain's poll numbers nationally, his slim support among suburban voters suggests "that he very much has a fighting chance" in November, said Lawrence Levy, director of the Suburban Studies center.


...but now he's a captive of the House GOP. The bailout probably has to pass this week for him to still have a shot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2008 7:48 AM
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