McCain leads Obama among likely U.S. voters by 46 percent to 41 percent, wiping out Obama's solid 7-point advantage in July and taking his first lead in the monthly Reuters/Zogby poll. The reversal follows a month of attacks by McCain, who has questioned Obama's experience, criticized his opposition to most new offshore oil drilling and mocked his overseas trip. McCain now has a 9-point edge, 49 percent to 40 percent, over Obama on the critical question of who would be the best manager of the economy -- an issue nearly half of voters said was their top concern in the November 4 presidential election. That margin reversed Obama's 4-point edge last month on the economy over McCain, an Arizona senator and former Vietnam prisoner of war who has admitted a lack of economic expertise and shows far greater interest in foreign and military policy. (TPJ: This is scary since economic issues have long been a strength for the Democratic Party. And not only did McCain wipe out that 4 point lead but went up 9 fucking points!!!).
Obama's support among Democrats fell 9 percentage points this month to 74 percent, while McCain has the backing of 81 percent of Republicans. Support for Obama, an Illinois senator, fell 12 percentage points among liberals, with 10 percent of liberals still undecided compared to 9 percent of conservatives. (TPJ: TWELVE PERCENT!!! Who are these liberals going to vote for, McCain? Honestly? You're a liberal and you're going to vote for a guy who is against everything that you stand for? The mind of the American people maddens me!!!).
The dip in support for Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president, cut across demographic and ideological lines. He slipped among Catholics, born-again Christians, women, independents and younger voters. He retained the support of more than 90 percent of black voters.
Obama's support among voters between the ages of 18 and 29, which had been one of his strengths, slipped 12 percentage points to 52 percent. McCain, who will turn 72 next week, was winning 40 percent of younger voters. (TPJ: Again, TWELVE PERCENT!!! Amongst the YOUNG PEOPLE?!!!. The only demographic that he seems to be holding steady for him right now are the African-Americans).
TPJ: I know this is only one poll but I've seen other polls reflecting the same. I'm fucking freaky out here my friends. I don't know if I can handle another 4 years of Bush like policies. I'm going to go into a serious funk if he doesn't win. I can't believe how easily Americans are mislead, scared and convinced to vote against their own best interests because they get hung-up on one thing like an irrational fear of gays. I don't get that one bit.
You're willing to sacrifice everything else because you disagree with the gay lifestyle? Or abortion. They refuse to come to the acceptance that abortions will never go away and if we make them illegal then women are going to get them in dangerous ways that threaten their lives. Are they really willing to accept new headlines of woman after woman dying from an botched, back-alley abortion? And who is going to adopt all of those unwanted babies? I think that if you're pro-life that you have an obligation to adopt at least one kid. No one wants abortion but let's make it safe, legal and rare. It sickens me that negative attacks work and that so many Americans will vote against someone more than for someone. I always hear on the news that people are tired of the political attacks but then why do they work?
They work, I'm convinced because we are by far a very gullible, ignorant people. We base our decisions on a 30 second ad without doing a little research into the claims made in that spot. It's not like it's hard to do a little research with the internet now but yet still Americans can't be bothered. It's either that or being spoon fed by a talk show host who bets on you not challenging their statements. Well then we get what we deserve. I'm getting so sick of the majority of the American people and their collective stupidity. And while the media and many Americans like to think that racism is dead, it's not and I can't help but wonder if Obama would be 10 points ahead if he were fully white (and as we obviously know he's part white). It makes me wonder if we are ever going to get behind such ignorance and fear. America, you greatly disappoint me.
How far do Bush like politicians have to ruin our country before we clue in? I fear that America will be pushed past the tipping point if McCain is elected and finally crash over the edge into the abyss. Get ready for more wars (McCain himself promised that) and perhaps another Great Depression under a McCain administration. I dearly love this country but with the kind of presidents that we seem to like to vote in are starting to push me into wanting to move away to Europe or Canada. So am I just spooked for no reason? What are your thoughts guys? Is America doomed to topple by our own stupidity? Are you worried too about Obama losing? I'm getting a sick feeling that he's going to lose. Agh!! I'm going crazy over this election!!! I have never been more invested and supportive of a candidate than Obama and will be utterly crushed if he looses.
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