90 Percent Of Whites Comfortable With Black President

June 22, 2008

In a Post-ABC News poll last month, nearly nine in 10 whites said they would be comfortable with a black president. While fewer whites, about two-thirds, said they would be “entirely comfortable” with it, that was more than double the percentage of all adults who said they would be so at ease with someone entering office for the first time at age 72, which McCain (R-Ariz.) would do should he prevail in November.

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Poll: Obama opens up 15 point lead over John McCain

June 22, 2008

The latest Newsweek Nationwide Poll shows Democrat Barack Obama with a 15-point lead over Republican John McCain.

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The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll 6/22/08

June 22, 2008

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Barack Obama attracting 47% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%. When “leaners” are included, Obama leads 49% to 42%. These results show a slight uptick for Obama since he formally opted out of public funding for the Presidential campaign this fall (see recent daily results). Tracking poll results are updated at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time each day (see recent demographic notes).

While popular with editorial boards and reporters, public financing of campaigns has never been popular with voters. A plurality of voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who rejects public funding than for one who accepts it. Other key polls from last week are highlighted in our What They Told Us weekly review.

New data released today shows that 63% of voters think McCain views U.S. society as generally fair and decent. Forty-five percent (45%) believe Obama holds that same view.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of likely voters know that Nancy Pelosi is a Democrat, but most don’t have any idea about the party affiliation of other Congressional leaders including Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell.

Michelle Obama is now viewed favorably by forty-five percent (45%) of voters and unfavorably by 42%. For Cindy McCain, the numbers are 47% favorable and 27% unfavorable (see crosstabs). For both women, those numbers are down slightly from the earlier tracking results.

The Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator shows Obama leading in states with 200 Electoral College votes while McCain leads in states with 174 votes. When leaners are included, it’s Obama 284, McCain 240.

Democrats are trusted more than Republicans on all ten key issues tracked regularly by Rasmussen Reports.

Obama is viewed favorably by 56% and unfavorably by 41%. For McCain, the numbers are 53% favorable and 43% unfavorable. Opinions are held more strongly about Obama–31% have a Very Favorable opinion of the Democratic hopeful while 25% hold a Very Unfavorable opinion. For McCain, those numbers are 18% Very Favorable and 19% Very Unfavorable (see recent daily favorables).

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.

A review of last week’s key polls is posted each Saturday morning.


The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll 6/21/08

June 22, 2008

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Barack Obama attracting 46% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%. When “leaners” are included, Obama leads 48% to 43%. This is the sixth straight day that Obama’s support has been at 48% (see recent daily results). Tracking poll results are updated at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time each day (see recent demographic notes).

The Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator shows Obama leading in states with 200 Electoral College votes while McCain leads in states with 174 votes. When leaners are included, it’s Obama 284, McCain 240.

Each Saturday morning, Rasmussen Reports takes a look at key polls from the past week in What They Told Us. Offshore drilling, free trade, and dismal ratings for the President and Congress are just some of the topics we learned about.

New data released today shows that Democrats are trusted more than Republicans on all ten key issues tracked regularly by Rasmussen Reports.

Data released yesterday showed Obama opening a big lead in New Hampshire while Nevada remains very competitive.

Obama’s decision to opt out of public funding is likely to have little impact on his standing with voters. Only 30% support public financing of the campaigns and just 16% say the issue is Very Important to their vote. Yesterday, McCain gave a speech extolling the virtues of free trade at a time when most Americans believe the North American Free Trade Agreement needs to be renegotiated. This position is far less popular among voters than the Republican candidate’s recent call for drilling in offshore oil wells.

Obama is viewed favorably by 55% and unfavorably by 42%. For McCain, the numbers are 54% favorable and 43% unfavorable. Opinions are held more strongly about Obama–30% have a Very Favorable opinion of the Democratic hopeful while 26% hold a Very Unfavorable opinion. For McCain, those numbers are 19% Very Favorable and 16% Very Unfavorable (see recent daily favorables).

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.

A review of last week’s key polls is posted each Saturday morning.