Gallup Daily: Obama by 11
by MBNYC, Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 09:26:05 AM EDT
Barack Obama is maintaining his lead over Hillary Clinton among Democrats nationally in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking, with a 51% to 40% margin in the April 12-14 average.
The current 11 percentage point lead is the largest for Obama this year, and marks the ninth consecutive day in which Obama has led Clinton by a statistically significant margin. The current Gallup Poll Daily tracking average is based on interviewing conducted Saturday, Sunday and Monday -- after the initial reports of Obama's controversial remarks about "bitter" small-town residents began to be reported in the news media.
The two candidates will hold a nationally televised debate in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, and it is possible that this confrontation -- plus any delayed impact of Obama's controversial remarks -- may affect Democratic voters' perceptions in the days to come. (To view the complete trend since Jan. 3, 2008, click here.)
In general election trial heat match ups, both Democratic candidates now have identical, and slight, 46% to 44% margins over presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.
So, contrary to what you may have read here and elsewhere, "Bittergate" was not the silver bullet campaign-slayer.
That funny sound you're hearing right now? That's Mark Penn tearing out what little remains of his hair.
Nor did it affect Obama's chances in the general. In fact, fellow Democrats, we should be embracing with deep love for one another, given that both our candidates beat that other guy, whatever his name is.