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.
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.