Hotline/Diageo Poll: "Out of Touch" Hits on McCain Landing

Some have noted the latest Hotline/Diageo poll showing Barack Obama leading John McCain by a 48 percent to 39 percent margin among registered voters, up from a 44 percent to 40 percent lead prior to the convention. While the topline numbers are great, a set of numbers further down in the survey stood out to me: Whether voters view the candidates as "in touch."

26a. How much, if at all, do you think Barack Obama is in touch with the interests of the average American?

ALLGOPINDDEM
A great deal44153274
Somewhat30393520
Not very much1121151
Not at all1120123

27a. How much, if at all do you think John McCain is in touch with the interests of the average American?

ALLGOPINDDEM
A great deal1735125
Somewhat40504626
Not very much2262036
Not at all2062132

Look at that spread. While 44 percent of Americans believe that Obama is greatly in touch with the interests of average Americans, just 17 percent say the same about McCain. Not even a majority, or even plurality, of Republican voters say that McCain is greatly in touch. With numbers like these, it sure seems that the advertisements hitting McCain for being out of touch are connecting with voters in a meaningful way, one that could bode really poorly for McCain's hopes in the fall.

Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain, Out of Touch, White House 2008 (all tags)

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5 Comments

"Out of Touch" Hits on McCain Landing

"that could bode really poorly for McCain's hopes in the fall. "

At this point does McCain even have any hopes for the fall?

by mjshep 2008-09-02 03:16PM | 0 recs
Hopes and fears

Yeah, his hope is to retire peacefully to Sedona and forget this all happened :).

by auronrenouille 2008-09-02 03:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Hopes and fears

I share the same hope.

by fogiv 2008-09-02 03:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Hopes and fears

Lucky for him it won't take long.

by Beomoose 2008-09-02 04:02PM | 0 recs
The real problem with the Palin pick

besides all the little problems that keep popping up, is that the McCain campaign is trying to catch a little Obama in the bottle...  

...but you can't do that by simply selecting what looks exciting on paper.

Every single GOPer I've heard tonight has breathlessly told us how excited they are, how excited the base is, how excited the party activists are - it's clear that the CW is like a battleship.

It doesn't turn on a dime - and I think what we're seeing here is an admission that, yes, making an issue about how "excited" people are about Obama might not have been a winning long term strategy.

by zonk 2008-09-02 04:19PM | 0 recs

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