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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rasmussen: John McCain Trusted More on National Security, Economy, Iraq and Taxes, Than Barack Obama Is

The results of the latest Rasmussen polling report shows that little has changed from a month ago when they asked the same questions.

John McCain is trusted more that Barack Obama on National Security, Taxes, Economy and Iraq and Obama leads McCain on Government ethics alone.


McCain- 53 percent
Obama- 31 percent


McCain- 47 percent
Obama- 41 percent


McCain- 49 percent
Obama- 37 percent


McCain- 44 percent
Obama- 38 percent


Obama- 43 percent
McCain- 39 percent

This ability of McCain to outperform the party label helps explain why he is competitive with the Democrats in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking poll.

From the Daily Presidential Tracking Poll published on May 31, 2008:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that John McCain attracting 46% of the vote nationwide while Barack Obama earns 43%. This marks the fifth straight day that McCain has enjoyed at least a three-point advantage over Obama

On a generic basis Democrats are still trusted more than Republicans but when the issues are divided, McCain takes the lead against Obama in 4 out of the five areas.

Another interesting statistic from last month's Rasmussen's report about this issue showed that when party label is inserted instead of individual names, the Democrat is chosen, but when the names are replaced with the party label, McCain takes the lead over Obama.

Then we get to the favorable ratings, in which John McCain takes the lead over Barack Obama as well.

McCain is viewed by 52 percent of the voters as favorable and 46 percent unfavorable and Obama is viewed favorably by 45 percent of the voters and unfavorably by 52 percent.

These are the lowest ratings for Obama all year.

Last but not least, 62 percent of voters say John McCain is more likely to reach across party lines to work effectively with both Republicans and Democrats and Obama is seen by 52 percent of the voters to have the ability to do the same in an effective manner.

What might shock many is even 47 percent of Democratic voters believe McCain can reach across party lines.

When unaffiliated voters are asked, 61 percent agree that McCain will reach across and for Obama that number drops to 56 percent.