A New York Times poll, released last night, shows Obama with a 53% to 39% lead over McCain. That was a big enough story to cause Reuters to put out an alert. I’m on the run this morning so I don’t have time to dissect or discuss the numbers or what this means, but all you have to do is run over to the article and read for yourself. They also have some great info on how much time the voters feel each candidate has spent talking about the issues vs. attacking. (Note: poll link and article link are different.)
A quick mention: Rasmussen daily tracking has had Obama at least five points up over McCain in their daily tracking poll for 19 consecutive days, as of yesterday.
The economic crisis, last Friday’s debate, and the Palin (un)phenom have all given Obama a boost in the polls. Here are some numbers to show you what’s happening:
1. Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for today (Tuesday 9/30) is the first one to contain completely post-debate data and it has Obama up 6 pts, 51% – 45%, over McCain. Obama went into the debate with a 5 point advantage over McCain in this poll and he has maintained a 5-6 point margin every since.
2. Rasmussen also reports that in polling they did on Saturday and Sunday nights, voters indicate that they trust Obama more than McCain on all major issues … including the Iraq war.
3. The latest (9/29) CNN “Poll of Polls” report shows Obama up 47% – 43% over McCain.
4. Obama is up in key battleground states, gaining a net of 3-5 points in OH, PA, CO, FL, and VA. Pennsylvania is the most startling, with Obama up eight points, 50% – 42%.
It will be interesting to see if there are any shifts or changes in these numbers after the Biden / Palin debate on Thursday.
Rasmussen has Obama up five points over McCain in its latest poll in Virginia. Really. Go see for yourself:
Obama Takes Five-Point Lead in Virginia