The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll 6/16/08

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracting 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%. When “leaners” are included, Obama holds a four-point advantage, 48% to 44%. These figures show Obama’s lead to be a bit smaller than results from the past week (see recent daily results). Tracking poll results are updated at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time each day. See recent demographic notes (Note: Premium Members can review crosstabs for the last full-week of polling). ( Obama news )

Earlier today, Rasmussen Reports released new polling data from Kansas for both the Presidential and Senate races. Polling released yesterday showed McCain with a nine-point lead over Obama in Arkansas. At 5:00 p.m. Eastern today, new data will be released from Virginia. The Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator currently shows Obama leading in states with 185 Electoral College votes while McCain has the advantage in states with 174 votes.

McCain is viewed favorably by 55% of voters nationwide and unfavorably by 44%. The numbers for Obama are 54% favorable and 43% unfavorable. Opinions are held more strongly about Obama–31% have a Very Favorable opinion of the Democratic hopeful while 27% hold a Very Unfavorable opinion. For McCain, those numbers are 17% Very Favorable and 19% Very Unfavorable (see recent daily favorables).

Other polling data released today shows that Americans overwhelmingly believe that free speech is good for the nation (even though 45% believe reporters regularly abuse their free speech rights). However, just 53% are opposed to bans on “hate speech” that would place limits on free speech. Support for banning hate speech declines when voters are reminded that government would decide what constitutes hate speech.

Later today, Rasmussen Reports will begin releasing a series of data on energy-related issues including attitudes towards oil companies and the search for alternative sources of energy.

If you’ve been away for a few days and need to catch up, Rasmussen Reports has taken a look at Key Polls from last week. ( McCain News )

Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 1,000 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The margin of sampling error—for the full sample of 3,000 Likely Voters–is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Results are also compiled on a full-week basis and crosstabs for the full-week results are available for Premium Members.

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