The Eclectic One

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New polling numbers

Posted by Bill Nance on September 18, 2008

A new CBS/New York Times poll released today shows Barack Obama has gained some more traction among voters. I hate to sound pessimistic, but I’m unconvinced by the numbers. I think the real measure of opinion on Obama vs McCain won’t show until after the first debate. Right now it’s just a matter of who can run the most tv ads and who can do the best job at showing his opponent in a bad light (and lie his ass off in the case of John McCain). As I’ve written before, this is the kind of gutter politics at which the Republicans have both long practice and demonstrated skill.

But one metric I noticed was interesting: only 17% of American votes think Sarah Palin was picked because she was “well qualified,” while 75% think she was picked to help McCain win. The poll didn’t ask if voters thought the move was cynical, but maybe the American people aren’t as stupid as McCain had hoped.

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