I am waiting for Rasmussen’s new tracking poll results. They should have been released a few minutes ago, but are not yet posted. I’ll post as soon as they are up. Drudge says Rasmussen shows Palin is more popular than Obama or McCain, but the poll results are not yet available to public.
Update: Real Clear Politics has the new Rasmussen numbers posted as Obama 48, McCain 46, but I am still not able to access the full results at Rasmussen. Probably too many people trying to access at once?
Update II: Results are finally posted. I’ll post more after I have a chance to read.
Update III: From Rasmussen, Friday, Sept. 5:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows the beginning of John McCain’s convention bounce and the race is essentially back where it was before Barack Obama’s bounce. Obama now attracts 46% of the vote while McCain earns 45%. When “leaners” are included, it’s Obama 48%, McCain 46% (see recent daily results).
Tracking Poll results are based upon nightly telephone interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. Virtually all of the interviews for today’s update were completed before McCain’s speech last night. Roughly two-thirds of the interviews were completed before Palin’s speech on Wednesday night…
Both Obama and McCain are now viewed favorably by 57% of the nation’s voters (see trends). However, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is viewed favorably by 58%–a point more than either Presidential hopeful. Forty percent (40%) have a Very Favorable opinion of her.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters now believe that McCain made the right choice when he picked Palin to be his running mate while 32% disagree. By way of comparison, 47% said that Obama made the right choice by picking Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate. Voters are evenly divided as to whether Palin or Obama has the better experience to be President.
Update IV: More good news for McCain. 500,000 more people saw his speech than Obama’s.