Obama’s post-convention bounce, which wasn’t that great to begin with, has been completely erased by John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin as his Vice President. A new Zogby poll done Friday afternoon after McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin through this afternoon has John McCain/Sarah Palin at 47% and Obama/Biden at 45%. This is monumental. First, polls taken over a weekend tend to favor Democrats to begin with. Second, Zogby’s polls generally favor Democrats as well. Third, the Republicans haven’t even had their convention yet.
What I find especially encouraging from Zogby’s poll is that McCain has solidified the Republican Party’s support with his addition of Sarah Palin. McCain alone had the support of 89% of Republicans. After he announced Sarah Palin, it soared to 92%.
Also, note this from Zogby’s analysis:
The interactive survey shows that 22% of those voters who supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in their primary elections or caucus earlier this year are now supporting John McCain.
Among those who said they shop regularly at Wal-Mart – a demographic group that Zogby has found to be both “value” and “values” voters – Obama is getting walloped by McCain. Winning 62% support from weekly Wal-Mart shoppers, McCain wins these voters at a rate similar to what President Bush won in 2004. Obama wins 24% support from these voters.
Other demographic details are fairly predictable, showing that the McCain/Palin ticket heads into its convention on Monday with numbers that may fuel an optimism they may not have expected, and that many would not have predicted, especially after Obama’s speech Thursday night.
Hat tip: Lucianne.
John McCain and Sarah Palin are also heading to the Gulf Coast to offer their support to those dealing with possible catastrophe in the face of Gustav.