Obama's Lead has Disappeared

I didn’t get my Rasmussen email this morning so I clicked over to his site and found this little nugget of information that made my Sunday morning that much brighter: Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin are tied.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday, September 7, shows the race for the White House is tied.

In the first national polling results based entirely on interviews conducted after Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech, Barack Obama gets 46% of the vote and so does John McCain. When “leaners” are included, it’s all even at 48%.

All three days of this tracking poll took place after Sarah Palin’s speech and two days were after McCain’s speech. As you may remember, Obama’s bounce peaked on the Tuesday after the close of the Democratic convention, so we can make the assumption that McCain’s numbers will peak at around the same time. Also, Rasmussen makes this point:

Tracking Poll results are based upon nightly telephone interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, tomorrow (Monday) will be the first update based entirely upon interviews conducted after McCain’s speech. By Tuesday or Wednesday, the net impact of both political conventions should be fairly clear.

McCain, the old coot, is now viewed more favorably than Obama:

Overall, McCain is now viewed favorably by 58% of the nation’s voters while Obama earns positive reviews from 56% (see trends).

Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of voters including 40% with a Very Favorable opinion of her. Biden earns positive reviews from 48% of voters.

The media likes to portray the Republicans as the party of old meanies. Isn’t this an interesting turn of events.

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