The lengthy Democratic primary contest bodes well for Republican chances of holding the White House, a new poll suggests.
As Democratic Senators Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York slug it out for the nomination, many of their supporters -- at least in Pennsylvania, site of the next major primary -- aren't committed to the party's ticket in November, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll.
Among Obama supporters, 20 percent said they would vote for Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee, if Clinton beats their candidate for the nomination. Among Clinton supporters, 19 percent said they would support McCain in November if Obama is the Democratic nominee. (See poll)
The significant number of potential defectors underscores how divisive the Democratic primary has been.
Seems that what we have been saying for a while now about the Democratic contenders beating each other up publicly being of incredible benefit to John McCain is finally starting to penetrate the minds of the left and they aren't happy. (H/T ANO)
Now that both Hillary and Obama have been beaten to pulps in the press, and now that St. BBQ has gotten nothing but glowing coverage, do you think we’re completely screwed? I do.
Then they quote some of the article linked above and end with this:
What makes this so goddamn depressing to me is that this primary isn’t revolving around policy disputes: it’s all about identity politics, and it’s becoming a nightmare that is likely to launch St. BBQ into the White House.
I’m really depressed now.
Now what really astounds me is that it took this long for them to realize what was happening and they actually needed a poll to tell them.
Many of us have been writing about this effect for months now because we saw it, we quoted others that saw it, we wrote about it at length and we provided examples.
How freaking slow are these people?
It isn't only one little poll either...it is the TREND from multiple different polls.
Obama's speech didn't help him any either as yet another poll tells us.
That’s according to a new poll by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion.
First, we screened poll respondents to find those who were aware that Obama’s pastor was in the news. A startling 82% knew about Obama’s speech, and about the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Of those who knew about the controversy and the speech, we asked, “Taking all this into account, are you more or less likely to support Obama for president?”
Less likely (52%)
More likely (19%)
About the same (27%)
No opinion (2%)
Gallup, who has studied human nature and behavior for more than 70 years, released their new report today, and it shows that John McCain's 67 percent favorable rating is the "highest of any of the three major candidates running for president."
More of the trend, even more recently.
Poll after poll from organization after organization is seeing McCain steadily rise and the Democratic contenders steadily falls.
Just look at the general election match up history to see the evidence of that statement.
The bad news for the Democrats and the good news for the Republicans doesn't end there folks!!!
NRO points out some data from Survey USA:
In Alabama, Obama had been down 14 to McCain. Now he's down 27.
In Minnesota, Obama has gone from up 7 to down by 1 percent.
In Wisconsin, he's gone from up 11 to up by 4 percent.
In California, Obama's lead actually increased by 3 percent (to 14), but here's the biggest shocker. In Massachusetts — the state of John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Michael Dukakis, Barney Frank, etc. — Obama's gone from up 7 to a TIE.
So, if you are a Democratic supporter, complaining right about now about how the opponents, Obama and Hillary are destroying your party, I suggest you take a look into the mirror because their supporters are causing just as much damage by spewing the constant talking points in their desire to maim the other candidate so their own candidate will win.
Maim them...fine, but when one of them gets chosen...remember this...THEY ARE MAIMED.
If you are a Democratic supporter and also wondering if this is going to get any worse...count on it because each time Obama and Clinton smile all pretty and say they are going to stop ripping into each other, they do it again within 24 hours.