In addition, for the first time, more voters have a negative opinion of her [Sara Palin] than a positive one. In the survey, 47 percent view her negatively, versus 38 percent who see her in a positive light. Moreover, 56 percent say they are either “optimistic or confident” or “satisfied and hopeful” that Obama would do a good job as president. Only 44 percent say that of McCain.
He has a 39-point advantage over McCain in handling health care (59 to 20 percent), a 21-point edge on improving the economy (49 to 28), a 21-point lead on the mortgage and housing crisis (45 to 24), a 17-point edge on dealing with the Wall Street crisis (42 to 25), a 14-point lead on taxes (48 to 34) and a 12-point advantage on energy and the cost of gas (44 to 32).
Obama has the edge in offering hope and optimism (53 to 23), improving America’s standing in the world (51 to 31) and having the right temperament to be president (50 to 30). What the poll shows is that McCain — with 14 days until Election Day — has lost ground with independent and swing voters, Hart says.
“If you don’t win the middle in America, you don’t win the election.”